Mastroberardino Taurasi Riserva Radici 2012

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    Italy

  • Region:

    Campania

  • ABV:

    0.135

  • Grape:

    Aglianico

  • Grape Blend:

    Aglianico 100%

  • Winemaker:

    Massimo Di Renzo

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Mastroberardino Taurasi Riserva Radici 2012 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby-red in color, complex and intense aromas of black fruits and tobacco complement undertones of cherries and plum skins. On the palate, the Radici Taurasi Riserva is enveloping, elegant, and persistent, with a long finish of blueberries and mulberries.

Production Notes

First produced in 1986, the Radici Taurasi Riserva is the result of painstaking research into the chemical and physical characteristics of the Montemarano vineyard. The idea was to fully understand the environment in which the roots (or "radici" in Italian) grow. This wine is made from 100% Aglianico grapes and is aged in oak for 30 months, with an additional aging of 42 months in the bottle to give it a refined and elegant taste.

Critics Reviews

Wine Advocate 93pts (2012) - The 2012 Taurasi Riserva Radici seemingly grabs all the sunshine and warmth of this vintage and stuffs it into this bottle. This is a bold and thickly textured wine that offers rich extract and dark fruit intensity. The bouquet reveals pressed blackberry, rose petal, tar, licorice and spice. Those aromas come from the ripe fruit achieved in this growing season, but you also get a lot of oak layering with toast, cinnamon and shaved nutmeg. Those oak notes will probably never fully integrate, given that they appear now, some six years after the vintage.

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Producer Profile

Founded in the 1750s by Pietro di Mastro (from 'Maestro') Berardino and Campania's most renowned winery, Mastroberardino is located in the town of Atripalda, on Italy's west coast. Still family-owned and run, the estate is known not just for the quality of its wines, but for saving Campania's vinous heritage. The winery has always worked with the region's traditional grape varieties, such as Aglianico, Fiano, Piedirosso, Greco, Falanghina and Coda di Volpe  even when they were unfashionable. After local vineyards were ravaged by phylloxera and World War II, many farmers ripped out local vines in favour of higher-yielding varieties. The Mastroberardino family, however, remained committed to the region's indigenous grapes, and his gradual success eventually convinced others of their worth. Nevertheless, until the early 1990s, Mastroberardino was the only winery working with local varieties. Today, Mastroberardino works hard to pair varieties with appropriate soils, using the right type of vine training and trellising, and tailoring their winemaking to maximise each grape's varietal character  rather than masking it. While they make a range of wines, they are most famous for their Taurasi  hugely age-worthy Aglianico wines. Their top cuvee is 'Radici', a Taurasi Riserva that spends 30 months in oak, then at least 36 months in bottle prior to release.