Emidio Pepe Pecorino Colli Aprutini IGT, 2016

 

Emidio Pepe Pecorino Colli Aprutini IGT, 2016

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Located in the north of the Abruzzo, Emidio Pepe's has been producing some of the finest wines in the region since the 1960s. They have carved out their stellar reputation from what started as a one-hectare parcel in 1964, which todays stands at 15 hectares, now run by his daughter and granddaughter. 

Working with Montepulciano, Terbbianno and more recently Pecorino, vinification is all by hand and done slowly in the traditional ways of the region with no machinery or presses, just hands and feet and concrete tanks.

The Pecorino is a fresh and satisfying white, beautifully textured with depth and interest. The nuance that is extracted puts this head and shoulders above the dearth of bland Pinot Grigio made in the area and once again shows the estates attention to detail in what is classed as a workhorse grape.

It has layers of sour fruit, rich texture, zippy acidity and a long, almond finish. A delicious elegant wine with underlying richness and complexity.

Having only been in production since 2010 this is an excellent addition to the Pepe lineup.