The 2008 Taurasi Radici Riserva Antonio is a one-off wine made only this vintage to celebrate the incredible life and influence of Antonio Mastroberardino who passed away in January 2014. The wine is made only with fruit from the Montemarano vineyard and it ages in wood for 30 months (40% sees botte grande and 60% goes into barrique). This is a beautifully polished and sophisticated wine with a deep, dark color and an impressively silky quality to the tannins. The bouquet shows ethereal tones of dried earth, rose petal, tar, resin and cola. The 2008 vintage was especially successful terms of phenolic ripeness for color intensity and aromas. I went back to the wine an hour after tasting it and was delighted to see that it continued to evolve and open. This is an elegant wine dedicated to one of the most passionate advocates of Campania wine. (ML)
Named after the late Antonio Mastroberardino, this stunning wine opens with aromas of underbrush, dark cherry, tobacco, exotic spice and blue flower. The radiant palate seamlessly combines structure and finesse, delivering mature black cherry, juicy raspberry, white pepper, clove and licorice while bright acidity and firm, polished tannins provide balance. Hold for added complexity. *Cellar Selection* (KO)
The 2008 Radici Riserva is dedicated to Antonio Mastroberardino, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 86 and who had led the family winery since the end of World War II. The wine is intensely concentrated yet remains remarkably lithe and lively. Two and a half years in oak barrels put a fine polish on the wine’s firm tannins that keep the dark berry flavors aloft, feeling fresh and focused. Notes of black licorice, bitter chocolate and black olives balance the fruit’s sweetness, while dark minerals infuse the texture with a grippy resistance. This is built for the cellar, but would be delicious if decanted alongside a seared ribeye.
A harmonious red, with grippy tannins integrating nicely with a rich and savory palate of sun-dried cherry, tar, dried herb and tea leaf accents, bolstered by hints of forest floor and date. Fresh and focused, offering a lasting, smoke-tinged finish. (AN)
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