2013 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano D'abruzzoMontepulciano from Italy
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In most vintages there are two Montepulciano wines made at the winery. One made from young vines which is released only in Italy after a few years of aging, and one that is l...
In most vintages there are two Montepulciano wines made at the winery. One made from young vines which is released only in Italy after a few years of aging, and one that is laid down in the cellar for, normally, at least five years. The bottlings from young vines are never exported outside of Italy. The winery doesn't feel the young vine wines have the body or complexity to make the voyage overseas. The bottlings from the old vine selection is released in Europe a few years earlier than they are released in the United States. For example, in 2020 the 2015 VV was already released in Europe but for the USA the current vintage was 2012. The winery doesn't feel the old wine is ready for that trip until it has aged in the cellar for the 5+ years and gained some maturity. To help clear up any confusion, the winery has started differentiating the bottlings by adding "Selezione Vecchie Vigne" to the front label of the old vine wine - that practice started in 2018 with the release of the 2010 vintage. Also, when the reds are decanted before leaving the cellar, the cork is stamped with the date it was decanted and labelled. So a 2002 Montepulciano could have a cork that says 2017 for example.