Emidio Pepe founded his winery in 1964, after working alongside his father and his grandfather which already back in 1889 were making wine at Casa Pepe. Before anyone else, he strongly believed in the great ageing potential of Trebbiano and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and he dedicated all his energies to those two indigenous grape varietals, proving their incredible potential and showing it to the entire world.
The most inviting mix of lemon oils, musky pear and peach, raw almond, ginger, iodine and yellow flowers wafts up from the 2019 Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Vecchie Vigne. It’s pliant, yet almost buoyant, seeming to hover across the palate with notes of apricot and salty mineral tones that are nicely offset by a pretty inner sweetness. The 2019 becomes perfumed throughout the saline-tinged finale, as inner florals slowly taper off. There’s a density and balance here that should unfold beautifully over the course of the next decade. [95 Points, Eric Guido – August 2022, vinous.com]