Aromas of mature black-skinned fruit, baking spice, new leather, a whiff of oak and a balsamic note unfold on this powerful, concentrated red, which the winery only makes in exceptional vintages. The smooth, full-bodied palate doles out ripe black cherry, raspberry jam, sweet baking spice and licorice alongside big, rounded tannins. The juicy fruit richness seamlessly supports the hefty abv of 15%. Drink 2017–2027.
94 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Mar 2016)
The 2007 Taurasi Riserva Primum shows a complex, intense, earthy and layered display of Aglianico fruit, as crushed blackberry and cherry mix with lavender, sage, brown spice, moist soil tones, and tobacco, then lifted by minty herbs, pine resin and a dusting of smoky minerals. Velvety textures flood the palate with spicy dark fruits, accentuated by zesty spices and brisk acids, as adolescent tannins tug at the senses with hints of smoked meat and dark inner florals which resonate throughout. The finish is long and still quite structured, lingering on youthful tannins and acids, as black fruits laced with savory herbs and a hint of tobacco slowly fade.
93 points, Eric Guido, Vinous (May 2020)