2010 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Italy
Bright ruby. Precise, spicy aromas of ripe red berries, dark plum and violet accented by cumin and caraway seed. At once densely packed and broad but juicy and refined too, boasting terrific acid-fruit-tannin balance and penetrating red cherry, underbrush and sweet spice flavors. This lovely wine is suave and fine-grained and finishes very long. It would be prudent to decant this at least two-three hours ahead; one bottle I had was initially marred by almost unacceptable levels of funkiness, another was instead brilliantly pure and clean, so allowing this wine to breathe a little prior to serving is not a bad idea.
There’s not much I can add to all that has been said and written about this famous estate in recent years. Only 15 hectares (certified organically farmed) and about 80,000 bottles a year are produced (and much sought after by collectors everywhere). If anything, I wish to point out that the wines are actually getting even better, if that’s at all possible. The Pecorino this year is the best I have ever tasted from Emidio Pepe, a real knockout wine, and the 2010 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo promises to go down as one of the four or five best they have ever made. As usual, a lot of aeration is necessary to wave off the typical Emidio Pepe funk, but once that blows off you are left with a truly noble, refined expression of Montepulciano wine in 2010. Well done.
Rated 95+ Points Ian D'Agata, Vinous