Radici Taurasi is Mastroberardino’s flagship wine. Although first released in 1928, the wine became known as Radici, which translates as “roots,” in 1986. This classic red is the result of painstaking research into Aglianico clonal selection, rootstocks, and site selection of this region’s unique volcanic terroir and topography. A brilliant example of the powerful structure and elegance of this noble grape.
Colour: Deep ruby red.
Aroma: Full, complex and intense, with notes of cherry, violet, wild berries, and a distinctive spicy aroma.
Palate: This elegant wine has flavors of plum, black cherry, strawberry and intense spices. Radici Taurasi has an aging potential of 50 years or more. Pair with mature cheeses, truffles, porcini mushrooms, Ragout and other dishes with long cooked sauces and roasted red meats.
Grape Varieties: 100% Aglianico
Aging: Aged for 24 months in French oak barriques and Slavonian casks, followed by a minimum 24 months refinement in bottle.
Awards: 94pts – Wine Advocate-Parker; 96pts – James Suckling; 93pts – Wine&Spirits
History of Mastroberardino
Mastroberardino is an Italian wine producer known for championing the local varieties of Campania, and for its part in several of its sub-regions gaining DOCG status. It is most famous for its Aglianico-based wines made under the Taurasi DOCG, but makes a wide range of wines from across the region.
The estate’s history began in the mid 18th century in Avellino when it was founded by Pietro di Berardino, but it was in 1878 when it was officially founded as a winery by Angelo Mastroberardino. Since World War II, Mastroberardino has grown in size and has become most influential winery in the Campania region. The winery accounted for more than half of the region’s production for much of the 20th Century, and at one point more than 90 percent of the Taurasi DOCG output. The modern winery produces roughly 150,000 cases annually.
he catalogue of wines is fairly large, but the most renowned offerings come from the three DOCG regions the estate has vineyards in: Taurasi, Greco di Tufo and Fiano di Avellino. Taurasi in particular has been successful for Mastroberardino, with the Radici Riserva Taurasi being the most highly regarded.
In 1996, Mastroberardino started the Villa dei Misteri project in tandem with Pompeii excavations. This project uses viticultural techniques and grape varieties from ancient Rome, with the aim of capturing the style of wine of the Roman Empire.