ud boar points - This bottle (#31310) of Emidio Pepe’s 2001 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is incredibly dark in color. It is a rich, concentrated wine bursting with black cherries, smoke, tar and underbrush. This is normally a more restrained wine, but this particular bottle was especially rich and dense. Pepe’s Montepulciano’s are legendary for their ability to age beautifully and I have no doubt that will be the case here as well. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2031.
CINGHIALE RATING 4.3
Immediately identifiable as the old guard. Pepe: funky-barnyard with tar and licorice and some worn leather, wood and earth. Slightly coarse in texture, a bit unbalanced, acidity and tannins galore, and overall delicious. This wine should have had a least another day to rest. Was opened just before the tasting and showed many of its delicious flaws before starting to come out of its shell. It is like a woman without make-up-and then Walla! It rediscovers itself and is enchanting, beautiful in every way. Amazing wine. Not for everybodyâ€”if you always want to wake up next to a beautiful woman this is not the wine for you. Perseverance and a slight perverse taste for the uncommon is what is needed here.