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Masciarelli Marina Cvetic 2005

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Gianni Masciarelli and his wife Marina Cvetic are among the shining beacons of Abruzzo. For years, this beautiful land, with its abundance of sun, great soil and the easy-to-grow Montepulciano grape, had wallowed in mediocrity as scores of producers were clearly taking advantage of what was given to them. Gianni, along with his inspiration, the reclusive genius Edoardo Valentini, proved to the rest of the world, through hard work, low yields, and a desire to be the best, that Abruzzo and the Montepulciano grape could produce world-class (and then some) wines. Over the years, his limited production wines have reached an exalted, cult status. The Marina Cvetic (overseen by his talented wife) is their go-to Montepulciano, sourced from three vineyard sites that are mostly around 30 years old. The style here is big wine with a sense of balance, deep, dark, brooding black fruits, earth, truffle and mineral, all surrounded by copious yet ripe tannins and perfect acidity. That makes this bruiser light enough on its feet to accompany even the famed “crudo” (read “raw”) seafood preparations so prevalent in Abruzzo. After 24 hours, this wine was still going, even better than the night before. Boasting a Gambero Rosso winemaker of the year award and 92 points from the Wine Advocate, this one has it all.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Sangiovese
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Azienda Agricola Masciarelli:
San Martino sulla Marrucina is a little centuries-old village of just one thousand inhabitants located at an altitude of 410 m at just 20 kilometers from the Maiella mountain and 20 kilometers from the Adriatic sea. One surely has to come here and see the beautiful landscapes, the vineyards scattered along the whole Abruzzo, the olive plants, our memories and ancestral traditions. Here lies ... Read more
San Martino sulla Marrucina is a little centuries-old village of just one thousand inhabitants located at an altitude of 410 m at just 20 kilometers from the Maiella mountain and 20 kilometers from the Adriatic sea. One surely has to come here and see the beautiful landscapes, the vineyards scattered along the whole Abruzzo, the olive plants, our memories and ancestral traditions. Here lies Masciarelli’s biggest cellar, here is the place where his adventure and his success began in 1981 following as he uses to say “his destiny”. Gianni Masciarelli put together the love, passion and knowledge for vineyards he had inherited from his grandfather Giovannino, the experience he had gained directly on the field and his personal studies on wine. But considerable part of his success is certainly due to his love for the family. Together with his wife, Marina Cvetic, who gave her name to some of Masciarelli best famous labels. From the starting 2,5 hectares, the estate today owns 350 hectares dislocated in each province of Abruzzo (Chieti,Pescara,Teramo,l’Aquila). Most of the lands are cultivated with Montepulciano and Trebbiano, the Abruzzo typical grape varieties, but part of them produce international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon (in San Martino sulla Marruccina and Ripa Teatina) and Merlot or Cabernet Franc in the province of L’Aquila. The cultivated areas are all very different. From the vineyards dislocated along the Maiella mountain in the province of Chieti, to those on the hills along the Adriatic sea in the province of Teramo. The current yearly production of Gianni Masciarelli winery is of more than one million and a half bottles, commercialized in three ranges: Masciarelli Classico, Villa Gemma ancd Marina Cvetic and exported in 36 countries. In recent times Masciarelli winery has released two new wines. A Montepulciano called ISKRA, a slav terms meaning “sparkle which represents the further witness of Masciarelli’s productive philosophy. Just like in the other wines the goal is to vinify 100% Montepulciano while trying to give each of them a proper character, derived by the specific qualities of the territory. A Trebbiano called Castello di Semivicoli in the name of the ancient baronial Palace of Semivicoli purchased in 2004 by Gianni Masciarelli and Marina Cvetic. The success of Gianni Masciarelli is due to the love he has for his family and his land and to the continuous satisfactions he gets from his activity. Read less

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Snooth User: brincs
38966108
4.00 5
04/19/2009

A great wine. Extremely well balanced but can still age some more


Snooth User: Vino Bob
15768311
4.50 5
03/29/2009

This is a wonderful wine for the price (I found it in Rome for 16 Euro). Lots of black fruit on the nose - dark cherry, blackberry , with big tannins but a well balanced palate with black cherries, black raspberries and tobacco. Nice lingering finish. A perfect match with beefsteak or grilled lamb.


Snooth User: Ranjit
39581177
3.50 5
02/07/2010

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Masciarelli Marina Cvetic

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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
06/07/2009

This is a dense red wine that's certainly not your typical Montepulciano. Think of it as a "Super Abruzzo" with all the richness and structure.



Gianni Masciarelli and his wife Marina Cvetic are among the shining beacons of Abruzzo. For years, this beautiful land, with its abundance of sun, great soil and the easy-to-grow Montepulciano grape, had wallowed in mediocrity as scores of producers were clearly taking advantage of what was given to them. Gianni, along with his inspiration, the reclusive genius Edoardo Valentini, proved to the rest of the world, through hard work, low yields, and a desire to be the best, that Abruzzo and the Montepulciano grape could produce world-class (and then some) wines. Over the years, his limited production wines have reached an exalted, cult status. The Marina Cvetic (overseen by his talented wife) is their go-to Montepulciano, sourced from three vineyard sites that are mostly around 30 years old. The style here is big wine with a sense of balance, deep, dark, brooding black fruits, earth, truffle and mineral, all surrounded by copious yet ripe tannins and perfect acidity. That makes this bruiser light enough on its feet to accompany even the famed “crudo” (read “raw”) seafood preparations so prevalent in Abruzzo. After 24 hours, this wine was still going, even better than the night before. Boasting a Gambero Rosso winemaker of the year award and 92 points from the Wine Advocate, this one has it all.

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