2007 Mastroberardino "Radici" Taurasi (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Taurasi Radici boasts stunning richness, depth and power, yet remains relatively accessible and approachable for such a young Taurasi. Juicy dark cherries, cinnamon, plums, spices, incense, tobacco and a myriad of aromas and flavors saturate the palate as this big, textured wine opens up in the glass. Despite its considerable richness and plushness, the 2007 never loses its classical sense of structure. If that combination sounds appealing, believe me, it is. This is a flat-out stunner from Mastroberardino. Best of all, it will drink beautifully pretty much right out of the gate. I imagine the 2007 will be a total home run in restaurants or in other settings where young wines are opened as a matter of necessity. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2032.
This full-bodied red mixes ripe plum and racy wild berry flavors with layers of spicy underbrush, game, ash and dark tobacco notes. Shows fine length, with a smoky aftertaste. Drink now through 2022.
Made from 100% Aglianico, the traditional grape of the volcanic Taurasi region. Founded in 1878, Mastroberardino is the oldest continually operational winery in the region. "Radici" means 'roots,' signifying the winery's devotion to history. In one project, they partnered with archaeologists to uncover ancient Roman wine bars in Pompeii.