“Bright medium red. Knockout lift, sweetness and perfume to the multidimensional aromas of raspberry, white pepper, orange peel, spices and smoky minerals. The penetrating flavors of raspberry, blood orange, sweet spices and minerals show brilliant precision and sappiness. Finishes with utterly suave tannins and outstanding palate-staining length and thrust. This wine won’t win you over with sheer power, but rather with impeccable balance and refinement. This great Barbaresco resounds on the long finish like only the greatest Burgundies do.”
Bright red with an amber tinge. Red berries, faded flowers and woodsy spices on the refined nose. Juicy and vibrant with lovely clarity and cut to the supple but vibrant mouthfeel. The finish, which features a slightly aromatic note (no doubt a contribution of the Malvasia Nera), hints of cinnamon and cardamom, is long and very refined. This Turriga is made with slightly larger percentages than usual of Cannonau and Malvasia Nera. It’s an outstanding wine made in a vintage characterized by a relatively luke warm and not too rainy spring, a dry summer that led to perfect ripening of the grapes in absence of water stress, and fine fall weather.
Mastroberardino - International Wine Cellar
“Good medium ruby-red. Brooding aromas of blackberry, flowers and chocolatey oak. Sweet and silky but nicely delineated and very firmly built, showing dense, backward flavors of dark plum and red cherry, plus hints of underbrush and leather. I find that this has more concentration and energy than many of Mastroberardino's Taurasis from the '80s. Finishes full-bodied, tannic and long, with the backbone to support further graceful evolution in bottle.”
Zenato - Vinous
“Another of the highlights in this vertical tasting, the 1988 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Sergio Zenato impresses for its freshness and vibrancy. The aromatics and flavors are naturally quite advanced, but there is a backbone of acidity that keeps the wine fresh, expressive and vibrant. It’s fascinating to watch the wine turn explosive with time in the glass. Fresh, vibrant and pedigreed, the 1988 still has the stuffing to drink well for at least a few more years, if not more. This is one of my very favorite vintages. Interestingly, the 1988 includes a dollop of Sangiovese.”
The 1988 I Sodi di San Niccolò is stellar. All of the elements are in place. The rustic, gamey qualities of Sangioveto are less apparent in this vintage, rather it is the wine’s textural elegance and finesse that are most impressive. The marriage of aromatics, fruit and structure is first-rate. Readers still holding onto the 1988 are in for a real treat. The 1988 is no longer all about power, rather it is elegance that takes center stage, even if there is still plenty of stuffing still left for a 23-year-old wine.
The 1988 Taurasi Radici, tasted from magnum, is simply fantastic. It is everything one could hope for in a Taurasi and so much more, to tell the truth. Still remarkably vibrant, the 1988 offers up roses, mint and dark red cherries, showing incredible vibrancy, power and depth. There is a level of clarity and delineation that elevates the 1988 to its exalted position as one of the finest wines to emerge from these cellars. Simply put, this is a breathtaking Taurasi from Mastroberardino.
The 1988 is delicate, perfumed and wonderfully intact. Though already far along in its tertiary stage, there is enough fruit to provide for another few years of fine drinking. The 1988 is impressive, but it, too, needs to be drunk sooner rather than later. Nevertheless, this is a great showing for the debut vintage of Turriga.