2007 Mastroberardino "Radici" Taurasi

SKU #1138023 94 points 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.  (2/ 2013)

93 points James Suckling

 This is impressive with black peppercorns and tar as well as lots of dark fruits such as blackberries. Comes through in the nose and the palate. Full and velvety.  (6/ 2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (12/ 2012)

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100% Aglianico

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/18/2013  | Send Email
It's hard to understate the importance of Mastrobernardino in general, the "Radici" bottling in particular. I've been following this wine for decades now and it seems to get better and better. The 2007 is incerdibly perfumey, with sweet cherry, violettes, vanilla and sweet herbs. Medium bodied with the classic tannic structure of Aglianico, the overall impression on the palate is "velvety". If I were unfortunate to own only one bottle of this wine, I would certainly lay it down for a few to several more years. However, were I lucky enough to own a case, this wine will be fascinating to watch evolve over the next 20 years by cracking a bottle every year or two and checking in. CM

By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/14/2013  | Send Email
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Mastroberardino has been the flag bearer for this appellation since seemingly forever but officially from 1878. I remember drinking a 1968 Taurasi, a vintage that really propelled them into the forefront of Italian wines, in the mid 1980’s and marveling at its youth, freshness and complexity. This 2007 is amazing, one of the best balanced and most drinkable “young” Taurasi I’ve ever had. Supple and smooth it glides across your palate almost imperceptibly, yet I said almost, you don’t forget it is Aglianico and the power rides under the radar, you need sonar to feel it. The wine is full of dark plumy fruit mixed with Middle Eastern spice and hints of incense. Amazingly drinkable now for Taurasi this is a wine to drink and then age some for another 10-15 years. This incredible Taurasi is aged in French barriques and large Slavonian oak barrels for 12-18 months and it will make you re-think Southern Italian wines.
Drink from 2013 to 2028

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Italy

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