2009 Mastroberardino Radici, Taurasi (750ml)

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# ITMAAG09AE
Country: Italy
Region: Campania
Sub-Region: Taurasi
Grape Varietal: Aglianico
Review Score: 94WA, 92WS, 92WE
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
B-21 Top Recommendation: Read More

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The 2009 Taurasi Radici represents a special selection of grapes from two areas: Mirabella and Montemarano. The first vineyard sits at 300 to 400 meters above sea level with volcanic, mineral-rich soils and the second is even higher in elevation with southern exposures and clay soils. Fruit from Montemarano ripens later and gives the wine the acidity and the tannic structure it needs for long cellar aging. Usually, Montemarano fruit goes to the Riserva version of this wine, and what is left over goes here. Radici is dark and powerful with full-throttle intensity and a touch of bright acidity. It shows good potential for a long evolution.

94 points, eRobertParker.com (Issue # 218 - Apr 2015)

A rich red, with expressive flavors of mulled plum, black cherry, licorice and baking spices, layered with subtle accents of dried herb, tarry mineral, graphite and seared mushroom. Structured by sinewy tannins, this is finely knit and mouthwatering on the long, aromatic finish. Drink now through 2029. 5,400 cases made.

92 points, Wine Spectator (Feb 2015)

Baked plum, grilled mushroom and a potpourri of spicy aromas emerge on this firmly structured red. The concentrated, full-bodied palate delivers ripe black cherry, tobacco, fig, ground pepper and a licorice note. Firm, ripe tannins provide support.

92 points, Wine Enthusiast (Mar 2016)