Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi DOCG 2017 750 mL (Campania, Italy) - [VM 94] [JS 93] [WS 92,
Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi DOCG 2017 750 mL (Campania, Italy) - [VM 94] [JS 93] [WS 92,

Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi DOCG 2017 750 mL
(Campania, Italy) - [VM 94] [JS 93] [WS 92, #84 Top 100 of '22]


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About the Winery:
The Mastroberardino family have earned themselves a place in Italy’s viticultural history as a guardian and protector of indigenous grapes of Southern Italy’s Campania region. This is one single family with a winemaking history which dates back to the early 18th century, and which is largely responsible for the viticultural success of Campania's remote Irpinia area.

Notes from the Winemaker:
Radici Taurasi is Mastroberardino's flagship wine. Although first released in 1928, the wine became known as, Radici, which translates as 'roots' in 1986. This classic red is the result of painstaking research into exposure, chemical and physical characteristics of this region's unique volcanic terroir and topography. Made from 100% Aglianico, and sourced from the Mirabella Eclano vineyard where vine age averages 30 years, Radici Taurasi is one of the most superb expressions of this ancient terroir.

TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES

Grapes are sourced from the two estate vineyards in Montemarano and Mirabella Eclano. Montemarano is a historic site in Taurasi production, in the southernmost part of the DOCG area. It has a South-East exposure and clay soil. The vineyard sits at 500-650m a.s.l. and has an average vine age of 20 years. The vines are cordon spur-pruned with espalier training and plated at a density of about 4,000 vines/hectare (or 1,600 vines/acre). Yields average 5,000 kg/ha (or 4,460 lbs/acre) and 1.3 kg/vine (or 2.87 lbs/vine).

Mirabella Eclano vineyards are South-West facing. Deep and sandy loam soils include traces of limestone, clay and some volcanic matter, and is well-draining. The vineyard sits at 350-450m a.s.l and has an average vine age of 40 years. The vines are cordon spur-pruned with espalier training and plated at a density of about 5,000 vines/hectare (or 2,000 vines/acre). Yields average 5,000 kg/ha (or 4,460 lbs/acre) and 1 kg/vine (or 2.20 lbs/vine).

WINEMAKING & AGEING

Manual harvest takes place end of October and early November. Fermentation in stainless steel is followed by a long maceration period at controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks. Aged for 24 months in French oak barriques and Slavonian casks, followed by a minimum 24 months refinement in bottle. Radici Taurasi has an aging potential of 50 years or more.

TASTING NOTES

Deep ruby red. Full, complex and intense, with notes of cherry, violet, wild berries, and a distinctive spicy aroma. This elegant wine has flavors of plum, black cherry, strawberry and intense spices. Pair with mature cheeses, truffles, porcini mushrooms, Ragout and other dishes with long cooked sauces and roasted red meats.

APPELLATION

Taurasi DOCG

GRAPE VARIETIES

100% Aglianico

WINEMAKERS

Massimo Di Renzo

TECHNICAL DATA

Acidity
3.54
Alcohol
13.5%


Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2017 Taurasi Radici is a force to be reckoned with, as it bursts from the glass with masses of raspberries, currants and plums, complemented by an array of autumnal spices and crushed violets. Its textural depth and density is something to behold, silky, almost creamy, yet contrasted perfectly by a core of mineral-laced black fruits and brisk acids, as an air of inner rose and cloves forms toward the close. The 2017 is persistent and structured yet also unbelievably fresh, as fine tannins frame its smoky mineral tones, along with lasting hints of blackberry and olive. This is a gorgeous rendition of Radici that should provide readers with a slightly earlier drinking window than normally expected. That said, we are talking in terms of Taurasi here, and this wine has a very bright future ahead of it." - Eric Guido (Jan 2022)

93 Points - James Suckling:
"Complex already on the nose with blue and black fruit, as well as notes of nori, goudrons and spices, such as cinnamon and mace. Full-bodied with intense, almost steely fruit and mineral flavors and firm, medium-grain tannins. The quality is evident here. It’s just a bit rough at the moment and needs a couple of years to calm down and expand in all directions. Try from 2023." (Sep 2021)

92 Points & #84 Top 100 Wines of 2022 - Wine Spectator:
"Reveals ripe fruit and medicinal herbs on the nose that continue on the palate, with crushed black raspberry and cassis, Earl Grey tea leaf and hints of mocha and tar-tinged smoke. Fresh and well-knit, with chalky, sculpted tannins and a finish that echoes the fruit, herb and mineral character. Drink now through 2030. 90,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported." - AN (Dec 2022)