Marks and reviews
The Mastroberardino family has been an important player in the world of Campania wines for more than three centuries. Legend says that a man named Berardino once acquired the lands of a certain Mastro so that he could cultivate vines there. This was how the two names merged, giving way to a passionate family with great know-how. Since then, this love and deep respect for the vine has been transmitted from generation to generation. In 1878, Angelo Mastroberardino decided to only produce wines of an exceptional quality which are intended to cross Italian borders. Since then, the renown of Mastroberardino wines has continued to grow, reaching the heights of excellence of the greatest Italian wines today.
Mastroberardino produces wines from 250 hectares of vines spread across 17 different estates and located on the most prestigious terroirs of Campania in Italy, such as Irpinia, Sannio and even Avenillo. In addition, at the foot of the Vesuvius and not far from the famous ruins of Pompeii, Mastroberardino has created a superb vineyard of only one hectare, entirely planted with native grape varieties.
Radici Riserva 2015 comes from the highest part of the Montemarano estate, covering a 14-hectare surface at the heart of the Taurasi appellation. Montemarano is particularly involved in the development of the Aglianico grape variety, which is dedicated to the production of the Radici Taurasi Riserva cuvée. The vines, aged by 20 years on average, are located at an altitude of 550 metres, with south-east exposure. They are planted on clay-limestone soils, with a density of 3,500 vines per hectare.
Produced for the first time in 1986 on the Taurasi Riserva appellation, Radici is the product of a long process of research and selection on different exposures and types of soil at the vineyard. With a unique aromatic signature, a beautiful density of structure on the palate and a great power, Radici is one of the most prestigious crus of the Irpinia region in Italy.
The vintage opened with a cool and wet winter. This encouraged water reserves in the soils. The irregular temperatures during spring was followed by a hot summer. However, there was no water stress thanks to the abundant water reserves generated by heavy winter rains. These strong temperature variations during the grapes’ ripening process are typical to viticulture at high altitudes, as is the case at Montemarano.
Vinification and ageing
After manual harvests, this great red wine from Campania is subject to traditional vinification, with pellicular maceration and temperature control. Ageing lasts for 30 months in French and Slovenian oak barrels. The Radici Taurasi Riserva Mastroberardino cuvée is subject to an additional 30 months of ageing in bottle before being put on the market.
Concentrated, with a complex bouquet of red fruits.
The palate exudes an alluring balance, delicate tannins and a fine persistence.
Service and cellaring
For an optimal tasting, serve at 18 degrees.