Two new wines for us, at different price points, from the same tried and true Italian producer…..and we are loving both of these wines right now.
Masciarelli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2007
Masciarelli’s entry level style of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Intense and aromatic, some brighter red fruit on the palate – cherry and red currant as opposed to the darker fruit flavor found in the next wine. Some hints of sage and a little tobacco. This is a great weeknight food wine, easy to sip, pairs with almost any type of pasta, pizza, aged cheeses, etc.. A really solid red wine for the $10 price point, you cannot beat this for easy weeknight enjoyment.
Marina Cvetic Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2006
Marina Cvetic is a label under Masciarelli by which they produce several varietals including this 100% Montepuciano d’Abruzzo. What a fabulous example of this varitel and this region – this wine is rich, dense, full bodied with classic flavors of ripe red berries, blackberries, a touch of herbal charecter and a nice chocolaty, spicy finish. A bit richer, more serious. More of a steak wine – think stews, meat or pasta in a hearty sauce. This wine received Three Glasses in Gambero Rosso – Italy’s wine magazine similar to some of the US publications such as Wine Enthusiast. This wine retails for about $29.99.
I also have to share a bit of intruige I have with this wine – named after the wine makers wife Marina Cvetic who is of Serbian and Croation decsent as is my family. So a very international spin on this delicious wine – even more of a love for me!