IntoWine – September 3, 2019 (USA press reviews/mentions)

Loren Sonkin reviewed a number of CITRA wines. Among her reviews:

CITRA Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOP 2017 – 88 points
“Citra is a collection of farmers in Abruzzo who got together to form a winery. They make a variety of wines that are inexpensive yet enjoyable. This is screw capped. It has a deep garnet color. The nose has cherries, smoke and a bit of spice. On the palate, it’s more cherries and sour cherries with some spice. Good acidity. Nice finish. An easy drinking wine that is priced well. Made to drink now. Will work well with pizza, pasta or burgers.”

CITRA Sangiovese Terre di Chieti IGP 2017 – 88 points
“Citra is a collection of 3,000 growers who came together to form a winery, so basically a co-op. Terre di Chieti is a growing area in Abruzzo that has yet to achieve DOC(G) status. This is a charming red wine that is inexpensive and ready to drink. The bottle is screw capped. Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is nice with cherries and leather. There is also a sweaty horse scent which I enjoyed. It is warm and earthy and in the back ground so not over powering. On the palate, this has a soft texture. It is earthy but clean with nice cherries. Slightly drying tannins. Juicy but not acidic. Good finish. This is a nice wine for pizza, pasta, or a casual dinner. No pretense but enjoyable.”

CITRA Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOP 2017 – 88 points
“This is a nice inexpensive white wine from the region of Abruzzo. It is made with Trebbiano grape. Pale, silvery copper in color. The nose has citrus (grapefruit and orange) with slight mint. On the palate, this has a nice mouthfeel. Pink grapefruit flavors. Tart. It actually has some slight tannins. Long finish. This will be great at a party. It will go well with salads and pasta dishes as well as fish or fowl. The screw cap will help it maintain its freshness but it should be drunk now.