The vast majority of wines from Abruzzi are quaffable/forgettable inexpensive red wines.  This is neither of those.  Emidio Pepe is one of the great producers of wine in Italy.  His red and white wines are both expensive and sublime.  They can age for decades.  This 2007 is just beginning to hit full maturity.  Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is complex with cherries, black cherries, baking spices, slight tarragon, and tar.  Dull bodied.  A strong streak of acidity (this is Italy).  Full bodied.  On the palate, layers of cherries and black cherries with underlying tar, spice, and slight earthiness.  Long finish.  This is complex and deep.  Medium tannins still.  This should mature a bit more and drink well for the next ten to fifteen years.  It drinks well on its own but is better with food.  Pasta with a red sauce worked quite well.  

Grade: 
A
Score: 
95
Vintage: 
2007
Current Price: 
$200.00USD

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