Marina Cvetic ISKRA 2016

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG

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ISKRA is the Serbian word for “spark,” and Gianni Masciarelli dedicated this wine to his wife, Marina Cvetic, who is from Serbia. It is among the Marina Cvetic line of wines, which Gianni created for his wife. Made from a single-vineyard cru of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, ISKRA is a wine of extraordinary distinction and depth.


The vines are located in the province of Teramo at an altitude of approximately 2,400 feet above sea level.
Vine training is spurred cordon, and yields are low at 90 quintals per hectare.


The wine undergoes fermentation for 15–20 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Aging takes place in French barriques for 12 months, followed by 24 months in bottle.


Inky ruby. Bright flinty, smoky notes complement the dark, spicy plum aromas and flavors. Herbal nuances add a complicating touch on the long finish. Plenty of oak here, but it’s well integrated.



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Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG





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“Elegant and accessible"

Wine Advocate - April 10, 2020 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."

“Complex and intriguing"

Decanter - October 2, 2020 "Complex and intriguing nose of black plums and dark cherries seasoned by dried herbs and sweet clove spice. Powerful tannins with a chalky texture and a juicy fruit concentration balanced by a refreshing acidity." 

"Undeniably elegant"

Vinous - April 7, 2021 "The 2016 is a darker and inward expression of the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva Iskra. A wave of violet florals and crushed stone minerals set the stage, evolving further to show rich brown spices, smoke and plum sauce. The wine is undeniably elegant, with velvety textures giving way to a display of ripe black berries and cherries. A more tactile edge toward the close, results in mounting tannins and savory spice. Structured and poised, this tapers off with youthful grip, only showing a glimpse of what’s to come with further cellaring. This is one of the most complete vintages of the Iskra Riserva that I’ve ever tasted, yet it will require time to fully come together."

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