The March Sunday School at the Idlewild Wines Cantina was a beauty. The Title of the Presentation and Tasting was “The Bold And Unapologetic Wines Of Emidio Pepe, Valentini and Torre Dei Beati” and I can tell you it did not disappoint. Unfortunately I lost my notes when leaving so no detailed notes, just a summary of the tasting. The wines tasted:
2016 Torre Dei Beatti “Giochermo con I Fiori” Pecorino d’ Abruzzo DOC
2016 Emidio Pepe Trebbiono d’ Abruzzo DOC
2013 Valentini Trebbiano d’ Abruzzo DOC
2017 Emidio Pepe Cerasuolo d’ Abruzzo DOC
2016 Valentini Cerasuolo d’ Abruzzo DOC
2011 Torre Dei Beatti “Cocciapazza” Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo DOC
2016 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo DOC
2012 Valentini Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo
Besides the above there were a few other Italian wines poured and also trays of cheeses to compliment the wines.
The Pecorino and Trebbiano’s played off each other with the acid driven freshness of the Pecorino while the Trebbiano’s had more of that ripe baked fruit character but also had supporting acidity. Excellent
The two Cerasuolo were quite different and fascinating to taste side by side. The Pepe was like drinking a light red, vibrant color and fruit with herbal and almond notes. The Valentini was pale very herbal, Campari like. Loved them both, just depends your mood and whats for dinner.
The Montepulciano were all powerful yet refined, ripe black cherry fruit yet light on its feet, tertiary herbal notes, full body texture and tannins yet remarkably drinkable. I guess that is what makes these wines so coveted. A real treat! Besides the actual tasting of the wines, the Presentation also gave insight (and some funny stories) to the Philosophy, guiding principals and antics of the three wineries.
Here is a photo of the finished bottles. Missing from the photo is the bottle of 2011 Torre Dei Beatti “Cocciapazza” Montepulciano d Abruzzo