Radici Taurasi Riserva "Antonio" DOCG 2008

The 2008 vintage of Mastroberardino's Radici Taurasi Riserva is dedicated to, and named for, Antonio Mastroberardino who passed away in early 2014 at the age of 86.

Antonio Mastroberardino's legacy has left an undeniable mark on Italian winemaking, as well as the world's perception of the wines from Italy's south.  Firmly anchored to the volcanic landscape of Irpinia, Antonio Mastroberardino's vision lay in his commitment to a traditional family enterprise that began 10 generations before his time.  In the wake World War II a huge number of Campania's native grape varieties were grubbed up and replaced with lower quality, higher yielding vines as the region was in desparate need of income.  During this time Antonio refused to sacrifice his rows of Aglianico, Piedirosso, Greco, Fiano, Flanghina or Coda di Volpe.  Today, the existance of these grapes is largely attributed to the work of Antonio Mastroberardino.

As his career progressed, Antonio spearheaded many ambitious projects including painstaking research into the chemical and physical characteristics of the Montemarano vineyard and the Aglianico vines planted there. The result of this particular research was Radici Taurasi Riserva.  Now, in the twenty-second vintage of this iconic wine, it is fitting to honor the life of its creator in name and on label.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby-red in color, complex and intense aromas of black fruits and tobacco complement undertones of cherries and plum skins. On the palate, the Radici Taurasi Riserva is enveloping, elegant, and persistent, with a long finish of blueberries and mulberries.

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with paccheri with ragu alla napoletana, pork shoulder with chestnuts and olives, and meatballs braised in tomato sauce.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Montemarano vineyard
Vineyard size
10 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous Clay-Loam
Training method
Cordon Spur-pruned Espalier
Elevation
1,800 feet
Vines/acre
1,400
Yield/acre
1.8 tons
Exposure
Southeastern
Year vineyard planted
1994 (replanted)
Harvest time
November
First vintage of this wine
1878
Bottles produced of this wine
15,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Aglianico
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
25% new
Length of alcoholic fermentation
10 days
Fermentation temperature
70-73 °F
Maceration technique
Cold Soak Maceration, Racking, and Pumpovers
Maceration length
21-23
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques and Barrels
Length of bottle aging
48 months
Size of aging container
225L and 47HL
Type of oak
French and Slavonian
Length of aging before bottling
30 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.5 %

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