B-21 Top Recommendation
Campania – the "shin of the boot" – has something of a storied history with wine, dating to the 12th century, BC. Ancient grape varieties such as Aglianico, Fiano, Greco, Falanghina, Piedirosso, and Coda di Volpe date to the Greek colonization period and Roman rule of Campania and its capital city of Naples. And since the mid-18th century, in the ancient town of Atripalda – part of Avellino, among the most important zones for wine in all of Italy – the Mastroberardino family have safeguarded the historical importance of these ancient varietals and the Avellino zone. Pietro di Mastro Berardino established the family business in 1750, earning the professional title of "Mastro" as testament to his skill in quality winemaking. Ten generations have carried this moniker, with the current head of the family – and master winemaker – Piero Mastroberardino now in charge after the recent passing of beloved family patriarch, Antonio (his father). The Mastroberardino estate vineyards are planted to the most important sites throughout Avellino and beyond, with their holdings in Taurasi the most important in the DOCG. First bottled in 1878, rechristened "Radici" ("roots") in 1986, this is unquestionably the family flagship.
I love the spicy and lifted notes here of caramelized orange peel, dried meat, blackcurrants, pomegranate, sea urchin and bark. A seamless and wonderfully elegant, medium-bodied palate follows with finely grained tannins and loads of floral undertones. This wine is all about transparency and subtlety. Best Radici in years. Drink now.
96 points, James Suckling (Nov 2019)
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.
95 points, Eric Guido, Vinous (May 2020)