Review: Marina Cvetic 2015 Iskra and 2016 Riserva
It’s been quite a few years since we’ve delved into the wines of Abruzzo’s Marina Cvetic, and today we look at a pair of big reds, both crafted from montepulciano grapes in this northern Italian region.
2015 Marina Cvetic Iskra Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG – Made from 100% montepulciano grapes from a single vineyard in Controguerra (province of Teramo). This wine 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. 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. A- / $38
2016 Marina Cvetic Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva DOC – Cvetic’s bestseller is a surprisingly savory beast, again made from 100% montepulciano grapes, brooding with notes of licorice, tea leaf, and almond skins. The fruit runs to currant and plum notes, but there’s so much tannin here that the experience can be overwhelming, finishing with a hefty note of dried tea and bitter amaro. Sharp cherry notes give the finish a bit of a lift, but the level of austerity here is rather intense. B / $32
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