Overview of the Wine
This estate is too good to be true. The wines are amongst the best in Italy, the reds famous and the whites, in my view, just as good, and equally beautiful with age; the family that produces them is charming, three generations from Emidio himself (elegant in flat cap and red sweater vest) to his lovely, enthusiastic grand-daughter Chiara, who handles export markets, not to forget Emidio’s daughters Daniela and Sofia, who now run the winery; and the wines have been grown naturally and vinified using traditional techniques since the first vintage in 1964, perhaps the oldest and most genuine ‘natural wines’ in Italy, and not a hipster in sight. It’s just too perfect, the epitome of all good things in Old World viticulture; and it’s all real. Did I mention that the wines are breathtaking? And the Pepe family have a huge aging cellar where they keep large stocks of old wines, which are decanted to order by Emidio’s wife Rosa, so you can order old bottles of Pepe knowing that they’re genuine and that they’ve been stored perfectly. Ridiculous.
The winemaking is a complete throwback, nothing changed in a hundred years. The vineyards are planted using plants from massal selection of their own oldest vineyards, not clones, and are farmed biodynamically.
Grape / Blend
This gorgeous white wine hits a sweet spot between Mediterranean sunny ripeness and a crunchy, chalky length. The wine is, of course, not sweet - it is complex and layered, slightly waxy, and hums along with floral, honey, and citrus flavours laying on top one another, like a satisfying vinous pancake stack.
94 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Focused aromas of melon rind and lemon peel meld with deep, intensely earthy accents of chamomile, thyme and gravel on the concentrated nose of this biodynamic Trebbiano. Rounded and creamy in feel, yet expertly honed by persistent acidity, the palate offers juicy yellow-apple and taut yellow-plum skin flavors dappled in earthy and floral accents. Drink through 2025.
93 Points - Wine Spectator
Beautifully aromatic, with a nose of honey, ripe fruit and spice, this graceful white offers a range of baked nectarine, lemon thyme, honeycomb and jasmine flavors, set on a finely knit, medium-bodied frame. Mouthwatering acidity and a chalky edge lend definition to the plush texture of the lasting finish. Drink now through 2025.
Product size: 750ml