2011 Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Riserva
This ruby-red wine has a full, complex spectrum of aromas, particularly of violet and blackberries. On the palate, it is full-bodied and mouth-filling, with persistent and elegant notes of plum, bitter cherry, strawberry jam and black pepper.
Radici Taurasi pairs flawlessly with roasted meats, larger game, spicy Middle Eastern dishes, truffles and aged, flavorful cheeses.
Wine & Spirits: 93 Points
This vintage of Mastroberardino’s flagship wine is delicious, saturating the palate with fruit and spice flavors. The aglianico grapes come from the family’s Montemarano and Mirabella Eclano estates, where the vines grow in sandy or clay soils at elevations of 1,150 to 2,100 feet. The wine’s roasted-beet richness lends earthy ballast to the flavors of ripe plum and woodland berries, cinched together by tannins that feel firm and polished. Those flavors surround a core of blackberry minerality that centers the wine, lending structure along with smoky savor. The finish is long and balanced, indicating many years of life ahead.