Vinous, 95 points
The 2016 Taurasi Radici is an elegant, feminine beauty that’s geared for many years of development in the cellar, showing an alluring, dark, and earthy expression up front, which blossoms into a display of citrus-tinged blackberries, rosy florals, and a hint of animal musk. It coats the palate in silky richness, ushering in polished black fruits, offset by cooling herbal and mineral tones, as round tannins slowly emerge. The finish is long, youthfully poised, and structured, staining the senses in dark fruits, along with hints of spiced citrus and crushed violets. What a gorgeous Taurasi this is, and it will only improve with cellaring. Drink: 2026-2040.
This wine paints an authentic portrait of the Aglianico grape made according to family-honored traditions in the province of Avellino. The Mastroberardino 2016 Taurasi Radici reveals a unique combination of tart cherry fruit, savory smoke and campfire ash. You also get some candied orange peel, tilled earth and rusty nail. This vintage represents one of the most complete and balanced editions of the Taurasi Radici program that I have tasted in 20 years, and I look forward to tracking its bottle evolution.
This is rich and layered, its dark berry flavors woven with notes of crunchy herbs, smoked meat and tobacco. Dense, schisty tannins keep the flavors taut as brisk acidity propels the wine to a balanced, iron-tinged finish.
The Mastroberardino family has been farming grapes and producing wine since the mid-18th century, dating back 10 generations. The family settled in the town of Atripalda in 1878, in the district of Irpinia, at a time when the royal House of Bourbon still occupied the land. It was 9th generation, Antonio Mastroberardino, who brought the winery international recognition, but his career was initially mired in hardship. Returning home after WWII, Antonio found his family's estate in ruins; the result of war, economic depression, phylloxera, and neglect. Determined to rebuild and grow his family's business, he began a comprehensive restoration project at the estate and vineyards. He spent the next few decades purchasing the best vineyards in Irpinia and greater Campania, where he dedicated plantings to three nearly extinct ancient Campanian grape varietals: Fiano, Greco and Aglianico. While many other Italian winemakers chose to cultivate international grapes at the time, Antonio wanted to preserve Campania's winemaking tradition and resuscitate its indigenous grapes, a decision that has shaped all Campanian wine production since.