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The 2004 Iskra from Abruzzo


Gianni Masciarelli began producing wine in 1978 at his father’s winery.  A young man at the time he decided to commit his life to wine.  He started purchasing and renting estates while augmenting his knowledge through a trip to France.  In 1987 during a winery visit in Croatia he met Marina Cvetic.  The two become married and Marina became quite involved with the winery.  In 1991 they begin producing a line of wine named after Marina.  In 2003 the first vintage of Iskra, Slavic for “sparkle”, was released.  The fruit for Iskra is sourced from the Controguerra vineyard of the Teramo estate.  In 2008 Gianni suddenly passed away.  He is credited with the revival of winemaking in Abruzzo and producing world-class wines from Montepulciano d’Aburzzo.  He is survived by his wife Marina and children.  Today the Masciarelli winery produces wine across four lines from some 300 hectares.

Vineyard, Image from Masciarelli

This is a serious bottle of wine which was meant to age.  It is drinkable at this stage but the fruit is still primary with the wood notes and tannins in need of more time for integration.  There are good components to this wine so I would cellar it for five years to see if it blossoms.  This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.

2004 Azienda Agricola Marina Cvetic, Iskra, Colli Aprutini – $41
Imported by Masciarelli Wine Company.  This wine is 100% Montepulciano sourced from the 30 hectare Controguerra vineyard of the Teramo estate.  The 45-year-old vines are located at 220 meters.  It was fermented in stainless steel then aged for 12-18 months in barriques.  This young wine starts off with savory flavors of focused red fruit.  From the beginning there are sweet ripe tannins, minerality, a touch of tea, and watering acidity.  In the finish the red fruit takes on wood notes. *** 2017-2025.

  1. May 12, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Indeed, it’s a wine worth trying.

  1. June 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm

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