"Chiara, Emidio's granddaughter, says that 1979 was 'a very balanced year'. Bottle number 7,670.
Just like the 1985, it has a surprisingly youthful appearance. Mid ruby with orange tinges. Same concentration and firmness on the nose as the 1985. Sweet, red fruit with a layer of savoury spice, leather, malt and iron notes on top. Lifted and on the right side of volatile acidity. With aeration there are notes of undergrowth. Vibrant palate with polished, sandy tannins. Long, elegant and lifted. This has plateaued but is holding. The acidity and the touch of volatile acidity have probably made it indestructible." (Walter Speller July 2020)

Terroir: Clay for 1.5m deep and then, limestone underneath. South-west facing vineyard

Age of vines: 48 years old

Vinification: Grapes are hand-harvested // destemmed by hand // maceration for 7/8 days // gentle tannin extraction with punch down only - no pump over // ageing for two years in cement tank // bottled for further ageing in the bottle // sulphur < 50mg/L.

  • Red
  • Montepulciano
  • Italy, Abruzzo
  • Emidio Pepe
  • Dry
  • 13.50%
  • Ready to Drink And Will Improve