Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2003
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Montepulciano d'Abruzzo from Emidio Pepe bares little relation to most other wines of the same appellation. These wines are big and bold, filled with intense flavors of dried black cherries, licorice and wild herbs. Give the wines plenty of air, including the old ones. It is an amazing drinking experience!
Pepe's 2003 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is a bomb. Tar, leather, scorched earth and black fruit emerge from this dark, imposing Montepulciano. The wine comes together beautifully in the glass, as the aromas and flavors gain breadth and dimension. Despite the rich style, there is nothing excessive or over-ripe here, just exceptional balance of ripe fruit as captured by a traditional approach to vinification. A final blast of tar informs the long finish. Pepe fans will flip over the 2003, but readers who prefer subtlety over power will want to cellar this for a few years to allow for some of the baby fat to melt away. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2028.
Score: 94, Antonio Galloni, June 2010
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