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2014 Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi Riserva DOCG

from Campania, Italy

$50

100% Aglianico from Taurasi, known as “The Barolo of the South.”

Deep ruby red with full and complex notes of tobacco, spices, cherry, berries, and balsamic. An enveloping palate, with elegant and persistent notes of plum, bitter cherry, strawberry jam, black pepper and licorice. 94 points, Vinous.

Pair with Osso Buco, Rack of Lamb with Red Wine Sauce, or Texas-Style Smoked Brisket.

 

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The Mastroberardino family, leaders in Italian viticulture, are largely responsible for the revival and elevation of Irpinian and Campanian winemaking post WWII. Their efforts ignited a resurgence in quality red and white wine production in all of Southern Italy. Working primarily with Campania’s ancient, native varietals, Fiano, Greco, and Aglianico, Mastroberardino has resuscitated would-be extinct grapes into world class varieties.

Radici Taurasi Riserva, first produced in 1986, is the result of extensive physical and chemical research within their single vineyard Montemarano estate. Selecting the best sites for their Riserva production, the wine’s strong, dense structure and aromatic concentration are evident characteristics of this 20-year-old vineyard. Radici, meaning “roots,” refers to Mastroberardino’s comprehensive research into clonal selection, rootstocks, and site selection when crafting their Taurasi wines.

Deep and sandy loam soils include traces of limestone, clay and some volcanic matter, and is well-draining. The high elevation vineyards have an average vine age of 40 years. Radici Taurasi has an aging potential of 50 years or more.

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