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Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Emidio Pepe 2011

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One Line Description Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Emidio Pepe 2011, Iconic natural wine, rich, layered, full and delicious. One of the greats of Italian wine making.
Production Method Natural, Organic
Country Italy Italian
Region Abruzzo, Italy
Producer Emidio Pepe
Vintage 2011
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Alcohol 13% abv
Terroir Clay
Total Sulphur Level 10 mg/l
Maturation 2 years in concrete vats
Annual Production 30 - 50,000 bottles
Ageing Potential Decades, wines from the 1970's are still drinking beautifully
Production Detail Biodynamic
Natural Features Low Sulphite (Sulphur), Vegan


Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Emidio Pepe 2011, Iconic natural wine, rich, layered, full and delicious. One of the greats of Italian wine making. Montepulciano d'Abruzzo really can be one of the world's greatest wines and Emidio Pepe's are somewhat iconic. The 2011 is rich, round, complex, natural, a beautiful wine of great class. Emidio Pepe reds are something akin to fine Burgundy with weight. They are complex, earthy, yet elegant and fresh. Really outstanding, drink with only with the most finely prepared meat dishes you can produce from your kitchen. For a wine of this depth and ageing potential, it has immense smoothness and is already drinking beautifully, in fact the weight of fruit flavour makes it absolutely gorgeous stuff.

The great wines of Emidio Pepe have become iconic on the international market; older vintages sell for high prices and are highly sort after. You might say rightly so when you consider the labour of love that has gone into every bottle. The organic grapes are handpicked, sorted and every one pressed by foot, a practice that is very rare nowadays but still produces the softest pressing. The must is then fermented with natural yeast in large cement tanks and aged in cement for 2 years, settling naturally without the addition of sulphur. They are then bottled and sent for ageing in the cellar. They store an incredible 40 vintages in their stunning cellar just outside Torano Nuovo in northern Abruzzo not far from the Marche border. When a bottle is sold, it is lovingly decanted into a fresh bottle by hand (hence there is no need for fining nor filtration), corked by hand and then labelled by hand! Only very rarely is any sulphur used in the production of Pepe wines and yet such is the perfection of natural balance that they age for decades.

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