"Bucking every trend and modern convention..."
2008 Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Posted by Joe Salamone

"Bucking every trend and modern convention, the wines of Emidio Pepe represent one of the most singular expressions in winemaking today." -Antonio Galloni

Pepe's wines are some of the most strikingly original and beautiful wines that you'll ever encounter. The Montepulciano is an unforgettable wine.

Generally speaking, Montepulciano is a classic cheap carafe wine for red sauce joints. Miraculously, Pepe elevates the grape to the world stage.

Pepe's 2008 Montepulciano is a haunting wine. It's classic Pepe: animal, deeply complex and possessing a perfume that can fill a room. The range is mindboggling - scorched earth, leather, sun-baked grass, herbs and flowers. What's most striking is that all of this is delivered with brilliant clarity.

It's easy to say that this or that wine is artisanal, that it's hand-crafted, but we're on a completely different level with the wines of Emidio Pepe. These must be some of the most coddled bottles on the planet. The grapes are hand-picked, hand-destemmed, and then crushed by foot. After a carefully watched fermentation and élevage, each and every bottle is filled by hand.

Pepe's wines are legendary for how they age. Bottles from the 60s and 70s are still great today. They age on their density, balance and energy. We created the pack pricing for this reason.

I encourage you to check out Levi Dalton's I'll Drink to That interview with Chiara De Iulis Pepe. It's a fascinating overview of the estate.

Pepe's wines are some of the most soulful and individual around. It's always a pleasure to offer these.

To order, reply to offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

2008 Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo