Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi 1994
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In the two thousand year history of the Aglianico grape, Taurasi, the wine of the "vigne opime" of ald Taurasia mentioned by Livy, has a special place. Radici, which was produced for the first time in 1986, is the result of painstaking research into exposure, chemical and physical characteristics of terroir, and topography. Made from 100% Aglianico, Radici Taurasi has a strong personality typical of Irpinian viticulture.
This ruby red wine has a full, intense and complex bouquet consisting of violet and berries. Enveloping the mouth, it has persistent and elegant notes of plum, bitter cherry, strawberry jam and black pepper. Radici Taurasi pairs well with roasted meats, larger game, spiced dishes or truffle and mature cheeses.
International Wine Cellar - "Ruby-red. Perfumed, complex nose is crammed with ripe red cherry, herbs and sweet spices. A noticeable step up in precision and intensity from the basic aglianico bottling, this is supple and full, with impressive mid-palate breadth. Shows increasing sweetness of red fruit flavor with aeration, with mint, dried tomato and subtle tobacco notes adding complexity and extending through the taut, long finish, which features very classy tannins. This should be even better for a few years of patience, but it's pretty irresistible already. Looking back at 20 years' worth of tasting young Mastroberardino Taurasis at a similar stage of development, this is without question one of the best."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2004 Taurasi Radici is a rich, concentrated red loaded with tons of dark fruit, menthol, game and spices in a deceptively medium-bodied style. The dry extract numbers are literally off the charts at 39 grams/liter, yet this silky, sensual wine is drinking beautifully, even at this early stage. Pretty, sweet medicinal notes linger on the long finish. The Taurasi Radici is aged in a combination of small and large casks. This is one of the most elegant wines I can remember tasting from Mastroberardino in some time. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019. "
Mastroberardino is Campania's most renowned winery, established in the 1750s by winemaker Pietro di Mastro Berardino. Pietro was awarded the professional title of 'Mastro' as testament to his skills in quality winemaking, a tradition that has continued uninterrupted for ten generations and one that still continues today. Located in the town of Altripalda, in the ancient region of Irpinia, this family-based firm has long championed the indigenous varieties of this region: Aglianico, Falanghina, Fiano, Piedirosso, Greco and Coda di Volpe. Today, Mastroberardino is universally acknowledged to have been the most important guardian of the ancient winemaking heritage of Campania. View all Mastroberardino Wines
About Southern ItalyView a map of Southern Italy wineries Abruzzi, Puglia, & Campania
AbruzziKind of central, kind of southern, this region is best known for it's wine, Montapulciano d'Abruzzi – this wine is made from the Montelpulciano grape, unlike Vino Nobile di Montelpulciano, made with a Sangiovese clone in the region of Montelpuliciano. The Montelpulciano grape is happiest here in Abruzzi and the wine is rustic, yet soft and often fruity. The best part is that it's also good value and super food-friendly.
PugliaSometimes called Apuglia outside of Italy, the area is known for making wine from the Zinfandel-related Primitivo variety. It sits on the Adriatic coast, facing Greece, and enjoys a Mediterranean climate. A productive wine region, Puglia makes a lot of wine, some of it not so high quality. Luckily, the good wine is exported and is of excellent value.
CampaniaPerhaps better known for the city of Naples than the wine produced, Campania does have a couple of wines worth recognition. First, the white known as Greco di Tufo – an indigenous variety, Greco produces white wine that is dry, with a subtle nutty flavor. The best-known red here is Taurasi, made from the Aglianico grape, producing a wine of distinct color and flavor, with aromas of tar and leather.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.