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  • Masciarelli Marina Cvetic Iskra 2016

    £29.99

    “The Marina Cvetić 2016 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane Riserva Iskra hits it out of the ballpark with an extra crisp zing and an energetic quality of fruit. I always think of the stubborn rockiness of the Apennines when I taste the wines of Abruzzo, and I am reminded of that characteristic firmness and rigidity here. Give the wine an extra year or two to unwind, but if you have a bottle in front of you, no harm is done if you decide to drink up now. This pretty Montepulciano is elegant and accessible at the same time. Enjoy it with a savory pie of ricotta, aged pecorino cheese and guanciale. Drink: 2020-2027. 94 points

    Marina Cvetić is the wife of the late Gianni Masciarelli, and her name is a sub-brand of the Masciarelli line of wines that are also reviewed in this report. In 2019, the winemaking team released a new white wine, the Marina Cvetić 2017 Abruzzo Malvasia Iskra (with a mere 1,800 bottles released). Fruit for this wine comes from a vineyard that was planted in 2010.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (04/20)

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  • Masciarelli Marina Cvetic Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva 2017

    £23.99

    “The 2017 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva S. Martino Rosso is dark and moody in the glass, lifting up with an understated display of black fruit and a hint of peppery violet and rose tones. This is silky in texture, contrasting tart wild berries with lifting mineral and herbal notes, as fine tannins amass toward the close. It tapers off structured, hinting at remnants of licorice and tarry red berries. The 2017 will require some patience to allow it to flesh out and integrate its wood influence, yet I wonder if there’s enough fruit here to ever come fully into balance. Drinking window: 2023-2026. 89 points

    The late Gianni Masciarelli founded the winery in 1981, starting out with just two hectares. Today, Masciarelli is one of the largest producers in the region, maintaining an admirable level of quality and dependability throughout the entire range. While the headquarters are located in San Martino sulla Marrucina, Masciarelli oversees 365 hectares through sustainable practices, spread out between sixty different sites. Masciarelli is the only Abruzzo producer to source all-estate fruit from all four provinces (Chieti, Pescara, Teramo and l’Aquila). With the size and focus on choice terroir, over the decades the firm created a large yet diverse portfolio of Montepulciano and Trebbiano that spans from the pure and fresh to the most modern, concentrated and internationally-styled. As a guide to finding the wines that best fit your palate, the portfolio is broken down between the “classic” and fresher “Masciarelli” lineup, the more international and stylish “Masciarelli – Marina Cvetic” lineup (named after Gianni Masciarelli’s wife) and the more powerful and age-worthy “Masciarelli – Villa Gemma” lineup. Just be aware that there is no shortage of new French oak in the more “important” wines of the range. That said, it’s really a matter of taste.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (04/21)

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  • Masciarelli Marina Cvetic Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Riserva 2019

    £33.99

    “The 2019 Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Riserva is a fruit-forward and extroverted expression with notes of baked apple, dried nectarines, almond paste and honied florals. This is silky and enveloping, balanced by stimulating acidity with a savory, almost-salty mix of mineral-tinged orchard fruits and hints of ginger. There’s the slightest hint of perceptible heat to contend with here, yet it doesn’t get in the way, as a twang of zesty citrus reverberates through the long and structured finale. A full minute goes by as you notice a note of roasted hazelnut continues to linger. There’s so much pleasure to be found here already that it’s hard to imagine cellaring the 2019, yet a few years are sure to bring even further depths. Drinking window: 2022-2028. 91 points

    The late Gianni Masciarelli founded the winery in 1981, starting out with just two hectares. Today, Masciarelli is one of the largest producers in the region, maintaining an admirable level of quality and dependability throughout the entire range. While the headquarters are located in San Martino sulla Marrucina, Masciarelli oversees 365 hectares through sustainable practices, spread out between sixty different sites. Masciarelli is the only Abruzzo producer to source all-estate fruit from all four provinces (Chieti, Pescara, Teramo and l’Aquila). With the size and focus on choice terroir, over the decades the firm created a large yet diverse portfolio of Montepulciano and Trebbiano that spans from the pure and fresh to the most modern, concentrated and internationally-styled. As a guide to finding the wines that best fit your palate, the portfolio is broken down between the “classic” and fresher “Masciarelli” lineup, the more international and stylish “Masciarelli – Marina Cvetic” lineup (named after Gianni Masciarelli’s wife) and the more powerful and age-worthy “Masciarelli – Villa Gemma” lineup. Just be aware that there is no shortage of new French oak in the more “important” wines of the range. That said, it’s really a matter of taste.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (04/21)

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  • Masciarelli Villa Gemma Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2015

    £51.99

    “The 2015 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva opens slowly in the glass, as citrus-tinged blackberries give way to exotic spices, hints of cocoa and camphor. This is velvety in texture with a rich and dense display of ripe dark fruits and licorice. Its web of grippy tannins are hardly noticeable, until it’s too late, as the cheeks pucker under the 2015’s youthful structure. Even though it is monolithic today, there are depths still unseen here that will require further cellaring to come forward. Drinking window: 2023-2028. 90 points

    The late Gianni Masciarelli founded the winery in 1981, starting out with just two hectares. Today, Masciarelli is one of the largest producers in the region, maintaining an admirable level of quality and dependability throughout the entire range. While the headquarters are located in San Martino sulla Marrucina, Masciarelli oversees 365 hectares through sustainable practices, spread out between sixty different sites. Masciarelli is the only Abruzzo producer to source all-estate fruit from all four provinces (Chieti, Pescara, Teramo and l’Aquila). With the size and focus on choice terroir, over the decades the firm created a large yet diverse portfolio of Montepulciano and Trebbiano that spans from the pure and fresh to the most modern, concentrated and internationally-styled. As a guide to finding the wines that best fit your palate, the portfolio is broken down between the “classic” and fresher “Masciarelli” lineup, the more international and stylish “Masciarelli – Marina Cvetic” lineup (named after Gianni Masciarelli’s wife) and the more powerful and age-worthy “Masciarelli – Villa Gemma” lineup. Just be aware that there is no shortage of new French oak in the more “important” wines of the range. That said, it’s really a matter of taste.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (04/21)

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