Mastroberardino ‘Radici’ Taurasi Riserva DOCG (Aglianico) 1998

Radici, produced for the first time in 1986, is the result of long and careful research concerning exposure, soil profiles, soil texture and chemical characteristics of the vineyards’ terroir.  Its strong, dense structure and the aromatic concentration are the most evident characters of this prestigious interpreter of Irpinian viticulture.

Montemarano represents a historic site in the production of Taurasi, in the southernmost part of the DOCG area.  The estate now plays an important role in the cultivation of Aglianico grapes for the production of Radici Taurasi DOCG and in particular for the Riserva.  Here extreme thermal excursions and the slower pace of maturation provide the conditions for a late harvest, usually in November, offering grapes richer in tannins and acidity, enhancing the character of longevity.

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Tasting notes

APPELLATION
Taurasi DOCG Riserva

VARIETY
Aglianico 100%

VINEYARD AND SOIL
The highest part of the Montemarano estate, with a South-East exposure and a chalky-clay soil.  The altitude is of about 550 m a.s.l., the training system is the espalier with cordon pruning system, the density of plantation is 3,500 vines/hectare (about 1,400 vines/acre) and the yield is about 4,500 kg/ha (4,000 lbs/acre) and about 1.3 kg/vine (2.87 lbs/vine).

AGE OF THE VINEYARD
20 years

HARVEST PERIOD AND TYPOLOGY
Hand harvested at the beginning of November.

VINIFICATION AND REFINING
Classic red wine vinification, long maceration with the grape skins at a controlled temperature. Refines for 30 months in French oak barriques and Slovenian oak barrels. At least 36 months in the bottle before release.

BOUQUET
Full, complex, fine, with notes of tobacco, spices, cherry, berries and balsamic aromas.

TASTE
It is enveloping, elegant and persistent with distinct notes of plum, bitter cherry, strawberry jam, black pepper and liquorice.

FOOD PAIRINGS
Hard cheese, truffles, porcini mushrooms, ragu and dishes with long cooked sauces, roasted red meats and spiced dishes.

AGEING POTENTIAL
50 years and more.

SERVING TEMPERATURE
18 °C

Reviews & Awards

“18.5/20 points”

“(…). Lovely eloquence and sophistication. A wine that seems to have settled down. Super clean and refreshing, with refined subtle finish. Very fine indeed with real zest. A bit of orange peel.”
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com, June 2013

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