Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici 2000
Classification Taurasi Docg Grape Variety Aglianico 100% Type of soil Chalky clay Training system Guyot Period of harvest Late October Yield per hectare 7000 Kg Aging in oak About twenty-four months in 40 hl oak barrels and barriques Bottle refining At least twelve months Alcohol content 13% Colour Ruby red Bouquet Full, complex, intense bouquet redolent of violet and berries Palate In the mouth it is enveloping, elegant and persistent. The background has distinct notes of plum, bitter cherry, strawberry jam, black pepper Serving temperature 18°C Food affinities A fine accompaniment to roast meats and larger game (deer, wild boar, etc.), spiced dishes or truffle, and mature cheese Notes In the two thousand year history of the Aglianico grape, Taurasi, the wine of the ‘vigne opime’ of old Taurasia mentioned by Livy, has a special place. This wine has seen an astonishing series of vintages which have charmed with their style and personality. Radici, which was produced for the first time in 1986, is the result of painstaking research into exposure, chemical and physical characteristics of terroir, and topography. Its strong personality, dense structure, and aromatic concentration are the primary features of this prestigious symbol of Irpinian viticulture
The nose showed beautifully with ripe strawberry and potpourri, yet as the wine sat in the glass it turned darker and fuller with notes candle wax, earth, mushrooms and moist fall leaves. On the palate, this wine was eloquent and soft at first but turned more tannic into the finish. The senses were wrapped with penetrating black fruit, followed by minerals and a taste of older wood, which gave it a bit of a rustic feel. The finish was laden with intense cranberry fruit, giving it a really nice sendoff. This wine is just starting to show its age, yet still has many more years to go before its structure truly softens.