This world-class red wine from Emidio Pepe is the benchmark bottle for Montepulciano produced wordlwide. Expect a rich (yet not overripe by any means), multidimensional wine that seriously overdelivers. Major wine publications have anticipated that this wine will reach its peak drinking window from 2013-2028 – meaning now’s the time to jump!
Organic and biodynamic farming practices, hand-harvested, native yeast fermentation, no fining/filtering and no added sulfites.
Only 6 left in stock
Emidio Pepe is a singular producer creating amazingly complex age-worthy reds and whites in a region of mass produced, overly engineered versions of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Though the family has been producing wines here since the end of the 19th Century, the winemaking process has remained philosophically unchanged since Emidio Pepe took over the estate in 1964. The business and wine production has been in the hands of the fourth generation of the Pepe family with sisters, Daniela and Sofia, since 1997. And more recently, the dynamic Chiara de Iulis Pepe has joined the estate as the fifth generation!
The Pepe vineyards are located in the northern province of Teramo, with soils rich in clay and limestone. In fact the top 40 centimeters of the soils is clay but underneath it is solid limestone. The Trebbiano is foot trodden in wooden tubs for two reasons: in order to avoid contact between the iron presses and the acids of the fruit and also for the textural complexity resulting in the subtle maceration that happens when the trodden skins release their characteristics in to the juice. The resulting white wines are slightly golden hued, well balanced and complex, with hints of nuts, hay, and yellow fruits. The Montepulciano bears little relation to most other wines of this appellation; they are big, bold, and filled with the intense flavors of dried black cherries, licorice and wild herbs.
The winemaking regime at Pepe follows an uber-natural and artisinal path. Grapes are grown biodynamically, hand-harvested, hand-destemmed, fermented with spontaneous yeast and aged 18-24 months in glass-lined cement tanks. The wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered and are aged in their cellar in bottles for continued development. Before release, the Montepulciano bottles that are 10 or more years old are decanted by hand into new bottles and labeled. An extensive stock of older vintages is kept at the cellar.
In most vintages there are two Montepulciano wines made at the winery. One made from young vines which is released only in Italy after a few years of aging, and one that is laid down in the cellar for, normally, at least five years. The bottlings from young vines are never exported outside of Italy. The winery doesn’t feel the young vine wines have the body or complexity to make the voyage overseas. The bottlings from the old vine selection is released in Europe a few years earlier than they are released in the United States. For example, in 2020 the 2015 VV was already released in Europe but for the USA the current vintage is 2012. The winery doesn’t feel the old wine is ready for that trip until it has aged in the cellar for the 5+ years and gained some maturity. To help clear up any confusion, the winery has started differentiating the bottlings by adding “Selezione Vecchie Vigne” to the front label of the old vine wine – that practice started in 2018 with the release of the 2010 vintage. Also, when the reds are decanted before leaving the cellar, the cork is stamped with the date it was decanted and labelled. So a 2002 Montepulciano could have a cork that says 2017 for example.
This is the quintessential Provence rosé. It’s perfect for sipping on any time of the day, with or without food, and embodies the endless summer we all are looking for in a glass of rosé.
Organic and sustainable farming practices, woman-winemaker, and only 8,000 cases produced.
This Grand Cru Champagne is very complex, deep, and strikes the perfect balance between ripe fruit and toasty, buttered brioche flavors. It is autolytic and well developed with a long, mineral-driven finish.
Organic and biodynamic farming practices, native yeast fermentation, unfined/unfiltered, vegan-friendly, and less than 2,000 cases made.
“Brisk and compact, exhibiting apple, floral and lemon notes on a lean profile. Nicely balanced and crisp on the finish.” – WS, 90pts
Only 988 cases imported.
This delicious bottle of bubbles is produced by the Bronca sisters in the Valdobbiadene zone of Prosecco. The wine is refreshing, light and mineral-driven – the perfect staple bottle of bubbles for the house (plus it’s great in a spritz! Produced using organic farming practices, woman-owned and operated.
We love to enjoy the Sorelle Bronca Prosecco with olives and a slice of salami while deciding what to make for dinner. Think of it as the perfect aperitivo wine to start a big meal.