“The Mastroberardino family’s contribution to preserving the legacy of quality winemaking in Italy’s Campania region cannot be overstated. With local vineyards ravaged by phylloxera and World War II, many farmers understandably decided to rip out indigenous vines and replace them with higher-yielding varieties. Not the Mastroberardinos, who stayed true to the region and, in turn, saved such native varieties as Greco, Fiano, and Aglianico from almost certain extinction. The latter of the three is showcased in the Radici Taurasi DOCG, Mastroberardino’s flagship wine. Hugely age-worthy, and released following already-considerable periods in oak and bottle, this wine is the standard-bearer for Aglianico. It’s one of the finest examples of balance you will come across and sets the bar for both the variety and region.” (#3)
“It’s only fitting that the president of the Pouilly-Fuissé growers association would produce a lush, giving Pouilly-Fuissé. Burrier also just released a new Mâcon-Bussières cuvée in the U.S. as a result of an agreement to manage the Domaine de la Rochette property two years ago. It’s one to look out for: spectacularly well-balanced, with fine, limestone-like minerality carving through ripe orchard fruit.”
B+“Dark and dense, this is a Carmenère that shows its serious Bordeaux origins….This wine is certainly big and bold, with plump black fruit, rich dark chocolate, sweet tobacco, rustic, horsey earth and a real green streak. Lovers of full-bodied, oaky wines will consider it a steal.”
“Malbec consistently remains one of the most popular red wines among everyday wine drinkers. Known for being lush and incredibly smooth, it seems the easier a Malbec is to drink, the more we enjoy it. If you’re looking for an easy-drinking and a well-made red at an unreal price, you should look no further than Catena Malbec.
Over here at VinePair, we’d be lying if we said we just discovered Catena Malbec. It was the top performing wine at our blind Malbec tasting last year. But we felt the wine deserved its own solo review as well.
Made in Mendoza, Argentina, from high-elevation vines, the Malbec pours a deep dark purple in the glass, giving off aromas of cherries and violets. On the palate the wine is silky smooth. It’s a fruit-forward wine with a nice bit of acidity that lightens it up, making it one of those wines that would be great with or without food.”
“If you’re a fan of Malbec, this wine will blow your mind. It’s mellow and lush but is still very balanced, with a nice bit of complexity. It’s a great wine for whatever meat entree you’ve got planned, but since it hails from Argentina, it truly goes best with steak.”