Mastroberardino Naturalis Historia 2003

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To call Mastroberardino a leading Campanian producer is to do it an injustice, for the Campanian wine industry as we ...

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Full, rich and seductive are not adjectives that Pliny The Elder (the man responsible for writing the Naturalis Historia) would have used to descri... Read more

Full, rich and seductive are not adjectives that Pliny The Elder (the man responsible for writing the Naturalis Historia) would have used to descri... Read more

Ideally, Aglianico shows finesse balanced with richness, and that can be difficult to achieve. But thatrsquo;s the case here. Big, full tannins do ... Read more

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Vintage: 1997 05/19/2011

Full, rich and seductive are not adjectives that Pliny The Elder (the man responsible for writing the Naturalis Historia) would have used to describe his last few moments on Earth. You see, Pliny was buried under molten ash and rock in 79 A.D. when Mount Vesuvius erupted and wiped out the ancient city of Pompeii. However, full, rich and seductive are definitely adjectives I would use to describe the wine that is named after Pliny's work. Made from 100% Aglianico, Naturalis Historia is a very long-lived red. There is intense fruit on the palate with leather and toasty oak nuances. The finish is dry with delightful tannins and a bit of peppery spice. So raise a glass to a man who was toasted by a volcano.


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Vintage: 1997 02/24/2012

Full, rich and seductive are not adjectives that Pliny The Elder (the man responsible for writing the Naturalis Historia) would have used to describe his last few moments on Earth. You see, Pliny was buried under molten ash and rock in 79 A.D. when Mount Vesuvius erupted and wiped out the ancient city of Pompeii. However, full, rich and seductive are definitely adjectives I would use to describe the wine that is named after Plinyrsquo;s work. Made from 100% Aglianico, Naturalis Historia is a very long-lived red. There is intense fruit on the palate with leather and toasty oak nuances. The finish is dry with delightful tannins and a bit of peppery spice. So raise a glass to a man who was toasted by a volcano.


External Review
Vintage: 1997 02/24/2012

Ideally, Aglianico shows finesse balanced with richness, and that can be difficult to achieve. But thatrsquo;s the case here. Big, full tannins do not overpower the plum fruits and chocolate. The finish is warm and lingering.


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Vintage: 1997 05/19/2011

Talk about a steal in Italian blends. This amazing wine carries a list price of $70 and is available to you at half the price. Big, sweet, jammy plum, mocha and chocolate flavors predominate on the palate. The tannins are ripe and ready for drinking. The finish is spicy, thanks to toasty oak nuances, and it lingers on the palate.


External Review
Vintage: 1997 05/19/2011

Ideally, Aglianico shows finesse balanced with richness, and that can be difficult to achieve. But that's the case here. Big, full tannins do not overpower the plum fruits and chocolate. The finish is warm and lingering.


External Review
Vintage: 1997 05/19/2011

Dark blackish-ruby. Riper and more complex in aroma than the Taurasi: plum jam, chocolate, coffee and a light game element. Sweet plum fruit, tar, toasted wood and leather on the palate, and a mineral aspect on the finish. Solid and built to last. The name of the wine refers to the book on the natural sciences written by Pliny the Elder, who died while observing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.


External Review
Vintage: 1997 05/19/2011

Attractive aromas of plum skin, chocolate and tobacco follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with spicy flavors and a black pepper aftertaste. Drink now.


Winemaker's Notes:

To call Mastroberardino a leading Campanian producer is to do it an injustice, for the Campanian wine industry as we know it would not exist without Mastroberardino. For over two hundred years, it has championed local specialities, and has thus been instrumental in preserving Taurasi, Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino and their ilk into the twenty-first century. This flagship wine shows intense, complex aromas of violet, berries and chocolate. It is smooth and well structured on the palate with notes of plum, bitter cherries and strawberry jam.

To call Mastroberardino a leading Campanian producer is to do it an injustice, for the Campanian wine industry as we know it would not exist without Mastroberardino. For over two hundred years, it has championed local specialities, and has thus been instrumental in preserving Taurasi, Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino and their ilk into the twenty-first century. This flagship wine shows intense, complex aromas of violet, berries and chocolate. It is smooth and well structured on the palate with notes of plum, bitter cherries and strawberry jam.

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