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Review: Marina Cvetic 2015 Iskra and 2016 Riserva

January 19, 2021

Drinkhacker contributor Christopher Null confessed that it has been a few years since the publication delved into the wines of Abruzzo’s Marina Cvetic, so his latest piece explores “a pair of big reds” from the region, the 2015 Iskra and 2016 Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo Risevera.

He explains that Iskra uses 100% Montepulciano fruit from a single vineyard in Controguerra (province of Teramo) and that it “is built on a moderate to full body with prominent notes of black currants and dark cherries, with a solid layer of spice clinging throughout.” Continuing, he offers, “hints of green olive, rosemary-crusted roast lamb, and a light layer of balsamic balance out a moderate level of tannins. Lots going on here, but it’s all surprisingly well-balanced.”

 Offering readers context that the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva is Cvetic’s bestseller, he describes it as “a surprisingly savory beast….brooding with notes of licorice, tea leaf, and almond skins.” He speaks to the currant and plum notes, and adds that it finishes “with a hefty note of dried tea and bitter amaro.” He warns that this quite an intense wine, but “sharp cherry notes give the finish a bit of a lift.” Read the full story HERE

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