2016 Marina Cvetic Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva San Martino Rosso (750ml)

Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy

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What a fantastic, bold Italian red coming from the region of Abruzzo due east of Rome and over the Apennines. It is in Abruzzo where Marina Cvetic Riserva is sourced. The very best grapes from the estate’s top eight vineyards are selected with three criteria; minimum vine age of 30 years, situated at an elevation of 500 to 1200 feet, planted in clay and limestone. Deep and dark with brooding black fruits, vanilla, dark chocolate and truffle. Great balance is achieved with the minerality and acidity from both elevation and limestone. Tannins are ripe with moderate grip. A Gambero Rosso winemaker of the year award and 93 points from the Wine Advocate and Jeb Dunnuck, make this a compelling wine bargain.


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.

93+ points, Jeb Dunnuck (Mar 2020)

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.

93 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Apr 2020)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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