"Bright red-ruby. Initially a bit funky and gamey on the nose, then clears up with aeration to offer aromas of dark berries, menthol and a hint of tobacco. Soft and plush but not at all overripe, with sweet dark berry and cocoa flavours offering considerable immediate appeal. Finishes with building tannins and good length. Fruitier and more forward than usual for a young wine from Emidio Pepe (in my experience, these reds improve spectacularly with bottle age, showing their best at 8 to 10 years from the vintage) and atypically dominated by black rather than red fruit notes, this also strikes me as less deep than most other past great vintages of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from this estate." Ian D'Agata Aug 2016 vinous.com
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.
- Italy, Abruzzo
- Emidio Pepe
- Ready to Drink And Will Improve