Marina Cvetic Montepulciano d'Abruzzo San Martino Riserva 2018 750ml

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Cvetic Riserva is hard to resist as it fills the mouth with luscious red and black fruits along with an infusion of the savory notes found in the wine’s heady aroma_read more

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Wine Information:

Country: Italy

Region: Abruzzo


Appellation: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Variety: Montepulciano

Type: Reds

Size: 750ml


The 2018 Masciarelli Marina Cvetic Riserva (94 points – James Suckling; 92 points – Wine Enthusiast) exemplifies Masciarelli’s acumen in fashioning boldly flavored, deeply colored Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. The progeny of another excellent vintage, the 2018 Masciarelli Marina Cvetic Riserva offers savory notes of steeped dark cherries, blackberry, mint, and allspice. In the mouth, the wine’s bold flavors explode on a bed of polished tannins that lend a plush, almost silky mouthfeel as the wine airs.

Deep, ripe, and powerful with dense berry, wild herb, and exotic spice flavors, the youthful 2018 Marina Cvetic Riserva is hard to resist as it fills the mouth with luscious red and black fruits along with an infusion of the savory notes found in the wine’s heady aroma. Opulent but nicely balanced with bright acidity, this pure, fruit-driven wine finishes long and deep. This is another superb Marina Cvetic Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from Masciarelli. Enjoy this wine now and for the remainder of the decade. 

Wine Spectator 90 Points A sleek, medium-bodied red, with appealing violet and spice aromatics winding through flavors of crushed blackberry, dried fig and licorice snap. Trim tannins sculpt the finish, where a note of loamy earth emerges and lingers. Drink now through 2026. — Alison Napjus.

Decanter 91 Points: A blend of five crus in the province of Chieti, vinified and matured separately before blending and further bottle ageing. Spiced plum and blackcurrant aromas with some violet overtones give way to a soft, voluptuous palate of dark fruits and fine-grained tannins. Dried fruits and balsamic freshness feature on the long finish, the latter giving this big embrace of a wine sufficient poise.  Drinking 2022 - 2030.

James ButtonVinous 90 Points: The 2018 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva is spicy with masses of intense, dark cherry fruits, minty herbs and hints of shaved cedar. It’s silky-smooth and juicy in style with an opulent wave of dark red berries and saline-minerality that adds balance. The 2018 lingers incredibly long yet remarkably fresh. This is an easier-to-understand yet fully enjoyable expression of Montepulciano.  Drinking 2023 - 2026   —  Eric Guido

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a versatile red wine that can magically offer satisfaction in almost every budget, from cheap and cheerful everyday food friendly wines to heartier more robust reds of richness and complexity, and even profound reds with endless aging potential, such as those of Emidio Pepe. Here, with the 2017 Marina Cvetic San Martino Riserva, we find a wine of profound beauty and exquisite flavor. On the nose, vivid aromas of cherry compote and raspberry jam mingle playfully with a warm embrace of cinnamon, nutmeg, rose petal and earthy spice. In the mouth the flavors expand with sublime concentration and depth of flavor. Silky textured and well rounded with velvety tannins caressing the long lingering finish. A perfect compliment to hearty pasta dishes and rustic stews.
Bart Hopkins