Finally! I’ve never been very obsessed with my own vintage (for natural reasons, 1984 is regarded as shit or at least disappointing in most wine-producing regions), but as I have tasted both the 1980, 1981, 1983 and 1985 vintage of Emidio Pepes Montepulciano d’Abruzzo it was interesting to finally lay my grubby little hands on the 1984 this week at Raw Wine fair in London.
The only word that can be used to accurately describe this wine is ‘ethereal’. The nose is warm and herbacious with aromas of rosemary, oregano and balsamico. It has a soft, mouth feel with a long aftertaste and finely ground, even tannins. Reoccuring aromas with braised meat and a hint of leather. Fascinating.