2016 Marina Cvetic Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva

- 750 ml
93
JD
Availability: In Stock
$23.95
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Product ID
90331-750-AI

Wine Critic Reviews:

The 2016 Marina Cvetic Riserva is another beautiful release from this estate. Coming from 100% Montepulciano and aged in new barrels, it reveals a dense purple/plum color as well as unevolved notes of spiced blackberries, scorched earth, smoked herbs, chocolate, and spring flowers. It’s rich, medium to full-bodied, and powerful on the palate, with plenty of structure. It’s a beautiful wine, but the cellar will be your friend on this one. Hold bottles for another 3-4 years and it should evolve gracefully going forward.

Jeb Dunnuck | 93 JD
The 2016 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva San Martino Rosso is a formidable wine that opens to a stirring presentation of luscious black fruit, spice, tar and licorice. The wine's density is extra rich and concentrated, but the magical aspect to the classic 2016 vintage is that the wine never appears too heavy or bold. Ultimately, there is a careful sense of measure and balance achieved here, despite the opulence and sheer exuberance of the material at hand. This is a bottle I drank and enjoyed immensely. This wine aged in new and neutral French oak for 12 to 18 months. An ample 300,00 bottles were made.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 93 RP
The blueberries and cloves are intense on the nose. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a delicious finish. Drink now.

James Suckling | 92 JS
Deep ruby-red. Pure aromas of plum, smoke, oak and sweet spices. Dense, suave and deep, offering rich, concentrated flavors of red cherry and dark plum lifted by a hint of violet. The finish is both luscious and long, and features rising, youthfully peppery, chewy tannins. Probably not the longest San Martino Rosso ever made by Cvetic, but a truly lovely red wine. Well done.

Vinous Media | 91 VM
In this wine, sourced from the winery's San Martino estate in Chieti, aromas of tobacco, baking spice and grilled herbs meld with a dense dark-cherry coulis core. The firm medium-bodied palate is silken in feel upon entry, built by ripe cherry and dark berry flavors. Rounded tannins provide solid support alongside tangy acidity. It needs time in the bottle to come together further. Drink from 2021.

Wine Enthusiast | 90 WE

More Information
Availability In Stock
Vintage 2016
Format 750 ml
Color Red
Country Italy: What are the first things that come to mind when thinking about Italy and Italian culture? There's one thing that nearly everyone tends to mention, it's the food - and where there's fine food, there is almost always fine wine. Italy is the most prolific wine region in the world, outclassing even France in terms of production quantity. Even if you're a complete wine novice, you have almost certainly heard of names such as Barolo and Barbaresco, Italy's most famous wine styles. When it comes to soil composition and other geographical characteristics, Italy offers a lot of diversity, and this never fails to show in the wines themselves.
Producer M.Cvetic
Rating 93 JD
Region Abruzzi: Italy is a well-established winemaking center, with special styles and techniques used throughout its regions to produce the finest wines out of international as well as some legendary native grape varietals. Italians really value the beautiful things in life, like a great meal with family or a wonderful day spent in blooming nature. Abruzzi's majestic landscapes certainly have the power to plant peace in all who visit it, even if they typically don't pay attention to such things. Its incredibly varied terroir of jagged mountains, narrow coastline, and precious green hills display such beauty that many parts of this region are now national parks. The grapes grown here give fittingly gorgeous wines, thriving in the variable climate of sunny warm days, interrupted by rain showers and cooler nights. Abruzzi's best and fittest are the native varietals of Trebbiano and Montepulciano. Trebbiano is a hardly predictable, mysterious grape used all over Italy in some of the most interesting white wines produced in the country. For those who prefer reds, but not the overwhelming kind, Montepulciano is an excellent choice. Saturated in color with a gentle berry flavor profile and very refined tannins, this charming wine pairs well with food or an intimate gathering with friends, in true spirit of Italy.
Type of Wine Italy (Other): There are dozens of grape varietals grown in Italy so no wonder they produce such a broad range of most exquisite wines. Some of the most cultivated red varieties are Nebbiolo, Aglianico, Sangiovese, and Barbera, while Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are also popular. Among whites, you're likely to find Pinot Grigio, Trebbiano, or Vernaccia varietals.
OWC No
Varietal Montepulciano
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