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Masciarelli Winery

July 10th, 2015 by

Let us take you to Abruzzo and introduce to you the Mascarelli Winery. The winery has 300 acres of vineyards expanding over 13 municipalities and an annual production of 2.5 million bottles.

Founder Giannu Masciarelli followed three generation of winemakers establishing his own winery, Masciarelli in 1981. In 2008, Gianni Masciarelli suddenly passed and his wife Marina Cvetic has taken helm since then following his passion and tradition for winemaking.

Although not advertised the Masciarelli estate is farmed on fully organic and even some biodynamic principles. Marina is quick to point out, that this is not to capitalize on the growing commercial success of that category but because “that’s the way we have always done it. It just makes sense.

The Masciarelli estate is farmed on fully organic and even some biodynamic principles.

We are excited to be featuring the Masciarelli wines and three styles of Montepulciano grape variety, which is indigenous to the region.

Montepulicano Rosato ~ Featured wine available while supplies last

This Rosato is from there classic line which is early maturing wines produced from vines less than 25 years old vineyards under 300 meters of elevation.

The rosato is fermented and aged in stainless steel, the skins are kept in contact for a period of 12 hours to absorb some of the skins tannins and colour giving the wine a deep pearly pink with bright glints. The aromas are pronounced rose petals and red summer berries. On the mouth it offers crisp acidity, tart cherries and a medium finish.

Montepulicano d’Abruzzo ~ Long time Staple to our wine list

From the same line as the Roasto, the classic line. This wine is de-stemmed and pressed followed by 10 to 15 days on the skins with racking involved plus 20 months in stainless steel. The wine is deep ruby in colour with notes of cherries, blackberries and leather. On the mouth it is red berries, cherry, redcurrants, violet and hints of tobacco.

Marina Cvetic Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ~ A welcomed new addition to our list. This wine was ranked in the top 100 wines by Wine Spectator and received 92 point from Robert Parker.

This line named after Gianni wife, is produced on vines over 25 years old and from above 300 meters altitude; where ripening is slowed, the hand hang time can be extended and finished in luxurious new French oak. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks for 15 to 20 days, then 20 to 30 day maceration with malolactic fermentation. It is then aged for a total of 36 months, 14 of those months are spent in new 225-liter French oak barriques. The colour is deep cherry red with aromas of perfumed red fruit. To taste the wine it is silky, refined Montepulciano that impresses for its textural elegance and long, polished finished. Sweet red berries, flowers and licorice wrap around the close.

Enjoy these wines in as taster of 4oz, a wine flight of 2oz per wine, by the glass or bottle.

Nonna

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