Marina Cvetic ISKRA 2017
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG
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.
A year with a beautifully cold rainy winter with widespread and persistent snow, until the beginning of spring. From May onwards long periods of drought interrupted by isolated rainy events, often characterized by considerable intensity. The months of July and August were particularly hot with maximum temperatures often exceeding 40°C. From the phytopathological point of view, the vegetative season was particularly favorable, with a prevalence of warm and sunny weather and the lack of rain. Diseases were generally kept under control. The meteorological trend has determined a significant advance of the operations of harvest and, especially in the hilly vineyards exposed to midday, water strains that have hindered the physiological activity of the plants. One of the few harvests that ended in October.
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.
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG
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Vinous Media - "Blueberries, blackberries, sweet herbs, spice and a hint of pastry cream form the 2017 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva Iskra’s seductive bouquet. It’s silky and medium-bodied, with an elegant display of ripe blue fruits complemented by a cooling wave of minty herbs, as a hint of mocha forms toward the close. Fine-grained tannins make themselves known through the pretty and purple-tinged finale with a hint of licorice lingering on. Tasting the Iskra is always something of a guilty pleasure of mine, as this is a Montepulciano that flaunts its oak influence, but it’s one that does so with impeccable style."
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