Masciarelli Marina Cvetic ISKRA 2017 (91 VM)
“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.”
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.
Founded by Abruzzo native Gianni Masciarelli in 1981, Masciarelli and its wines have become the standard-bearer for the Abruzzo region, and an inspiration to all emerging Italian wine regions. After a summer in Champagne, Gianni Masciarelli became convinced that world-class wines could be produced in Abruzzo, and through tremendous vision and non-stop innovation, Masciarelli became one of the most admired wineries in Italy.