Sourced from vineyards around the winery in Torano Nuovo, Abruzzo - near the border with Marche.
Hand harvested. Biodynamic.
Fermented in 22 - 30 HL cement tanks with natural yeast.
Aged for two years in cement before bottling.
Approximately 3,333 cases produced.
Rustic and well-structured, offering an attractive mix of mature spice box, leather and forest floor notes, with a concentrated core of wild cherry and gamy blackberry fruit. Full-bodied, featuring a long, chewy finish of coffee and iron. Non-blind Emidio Pepe vertical (May 2013). Best from 2015 through 2030. NW
The 2000 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, from a much warmer vintage, is a big, powerful wine packed with dark fruit, earth and game notes. It doesn't have the level of finesse and balance of the 2001 and its less lively color along with its evolving flavors suggest it will reach maturity sooner, although for this producer that is measured in relative terms.
I like the 2000 vintage quite well from the Pepe family, but this is probably not going to rate as one of the top vintages for this wine in the last dozen years. According to the Pepe family, this is a hot year, but not as torrid as 2003. The bouquet is starting to show some of the lovely secondary layers of complexity that emerge here with sufficient bottle age, as it offers up a complex mélange of black cherries, cigar ash, botanicals, a touch of red curry, a bit of meatiness and a gentle topnote of autumn leaves. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and a bit tarry in personality, with moderate tannins, sound acids and very good length and grip on the focused finish. This is not the most elegant vintage of Pepe Montepulciano that I have tasted, but it does show good complexity and balance and is going to continue to drink well for several more decades, so perhaps the elegance will arrive with further bottle age. 2014-2040. 90. John Gilman.
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