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Mastroberardino Greco di Tufo 2008

Greco from Italy
  • RP89
12.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Made from 100% Greco, grown on hillsides at moderate altitudes, where the nature of the terroir exalts the characteristics of the Greco grape. Since 1945, the Mastroberardino family has dedicated itself to the rediscovery and re-evaluation of this vine along the banks of the river Sabato in Irpina.

Straw-yellow in color, this Greco di Tufo offers intense aromas of apricots and peaches . On the palate, the wine shows great structure and zesty acidity, leaving an overall impression of complexity and elegance. Pairs perfectly with seafood, grilled fish, cold dishes or simply as an aperitif.

Critical Acclaim

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Greco di Tufo is another reference-point wine in this price range. Layers of minerality and floral, perfumed fruit are woven together in a focused expression of fruit that lingers on the palate with notable length. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2012.
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Mastroberardino, Italy
2008 Greco di Tufo
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.

Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture that is virtually inextricable from wine. Wine grapes are grown just about everywhere throughout the country—a long and narrow boot-shaped peninsula extending into the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas. The defining geographical feature of the country is the Apennine Mountain range, extending from Liguria in the north to Calabria in the south. The island of Sicily nearly grazes the toe of Italy’s boot, while Sardinia lies to the country’s west. Climate varies significantly throughout the country, with temperature being somewhat more dependent on elevation than latitude, though it is safe to generalize that the south is warmer. Much of the highest quality viticulture takes place on gently rolling, picturesque hillsides.

Italy boasts more indigenous varieties than any other country—between 500 and 800, depending on whom you ask—and most wine production relies upon these native grapes. In some regions, international varieties have worked their way in, but their use is declining in popularity, especially as younger growers begun to take interest in rediscovering forgotten local specialties. Sangiovese is the most widely planted variety in the country, reaching its greatest potential in parts of Tuscany. Nebbiolo is the prized grape of Piedmont in the northwest, producing singular and age-worthy wines at its best. Other important varieties include Montepulciano, Trebbiano, Barbera, Nero d’Avola, and of course, Pinot Grigio.

This late-ripening variety from Campania flaunts an invigorating mineral character—more so than its other regional white grape compatriots, Fiano and Fanghina. Bursting with fresh citrus, stone fruit, herb and spice, Greco di Tufo wines are dark lemon or gold in color but as that might suggest, aren’t particularly heavy on the palate. The wines are medium- to full-bodied and have a relatively high acidity. The name Tufo comes from the soft, volcanic rock found all over in the subsoil of the region where Greco thrives.

SOU192892_2008 Item# 104775

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