Expressive and well balanced, a charming companion to a wide variety of dishes.
Estate: Pioneer winemaker Gianni Masciarelli who was passionate about raising the quality and potential of Abruzzo’s indigenous varietals, including Montepulciano, founded the Masciarelli estate in 1978. Established with only 2.5 hectares, the estate now includes about 320 hectares of vineyards that spread throughout 14 different towns within the 4 Abruzzo regions. With Gianni’s love of and respect for land and grapes, all vineyards are farmed organically, making it one of the largest organically farmed estates in Italy. Gianni passed away at the early age of 52, his wife Marina Cvetić, who was always by his side, now heads the estate. The Marina Cvetić line [dedicated to her] makes up one of the 4 wine lines and 14 different labels of the estate.
Philosophy: Passionate about the Abruzzo region “with intense flavours, tastes and scents”, the estate focuses on native varietals, “great importance is given to the land and to its wine culture and tradition”.
Winemaking: The vineyards are spread across 4 Abruzzo provinces and have their own individual characteristics, from different mineral/soil compositions to varying altitudes. The Marina Cvetić Montepulciano was fermented in stainless steel, and aged for 12-18 months in barriques.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of tree bark, cherry and hints of smoke. Licorice-infused blackberry and black currant fruits were supported by firm tannins and a plush, lengthy finish of smoked black peppercorn and hints of velvety black cherry.
$20 [Average price, I received this in a wine club over a year ago.]
Enjoy now thru 2017