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.
Dusty and floral, the 2020 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Vecchie Vigne Branella slowly blossoms with a beguiling mix of crushed ashen stones, incense and dried roses lifted by a mentholated freshness. This is pure class, silky smooth and deeply expressive with violet-laced red fruits and a chalky concentration that slowly coats the palate. While structured and tense, the 2020 is already so appealing leaving a cranberry-like bitterness that puckers the cheeks. [95 Points, Eric Guido – July 2023, vinous.com]