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2014 Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi Riserva

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RATINGS

95James Suckling

Really complex aromas of iodine, spices and blackberries with some clove, pepper and pumice undertones. Full-bodied, yet so balanced and focused with really fine tannins. Extremely long with some tar highlighting the fruit.

94Vinous / IWC

...mix of crushed tart cherries, blackberry, and plums, offset by savory herbs, orange rind, and a hint of mocha. On the palate, velvety textures coat the senses, slowly giving way to a complex blend of citrus-tinged dark fruits and saline-minerals, as fine tannin saturates the senses. The finish is long and classically structured, clenching the palate, yet leaving a pretty display of spiced orange and inner florals.

93The Wine Advocate

...spice and savory notes with dried fruit, blackcurrant and dried cherry...flesh out to power a polished mouthfeel with plenty of dark fruit and smoke. The tannins are integrated and spicy.

93Wine Spectator

This firm and focused red opens with rich, aromatic and savory notes of tarry mineral and cured tobacco, followed by a pure chime of ripe black cherry, star anise and singed orange peel flavors. Fresh and tightly knit, showing drive on the long, mouthwatering finish.

91Wine Enthusiast

This opens with aromas recalling burned rubber and charred earth with whiffs of pressed rose petal and dried herbs. The enveloping palate offers dried cherry, prune and licorice set against close-grained tannins that leave an assertive, drying finish.

REGION

Italy, Campania, Taurasi

Campania is on the southeastern coast of Italy, and the city of Naples is its commercial and cultural capital. Wine has always been produced in this hard-scrabble region, though the quality of those wines has traditionally not matched the wine quality elsewhere in Italy. Rich volcanic soils mean that the region easily grows everything from citrus and artichokes to nuts, and growing wine grapes has not been a priority historically. However in the last couple of decades forward-thinking producers and vineyard owners have focused on improving both their wines and Campania’s winemaking reputation, and the results are noteworthy. Campania was awarded its first DOCG appellation in 1991. It is the Taurasi DOCG, which grows primarily Aglianico, a native grape that can produce big, concentrated, complex red wines with layers of earthy flavors. There are 101,000 acres of vineyards in Campania, making it Italy’s ninth largest wine producing region, though only 2.8% of those vineyards are in DOC appellations. Nevertheless several excellent large producers and numerous boutique producers are now crafting well-reviewed red and white wines, all mostly from indigenous grapes. Besides Aglianico, the other most frequently planted red wine grapes are Coda de Volpe and Pedirosso. White grapes planted are Falanghina, Fiano and Greco. There are 18 DOCs in Campania.