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June 1, 2020

Drink Like a Roman Emperor at $39.99! The Ancient Noble Varietal of Southern Italy’s Volcanic Soils from a Historic Producer Offers a Full-Bodied Alternative to Cabernet and Syrah, with History and Indigenous Character!

“Taurasi is potentially one of Italy's greatest and most important wines, named after the small town of the same name in Campania that traces its roots back to an ancient Oscan village where wine has been made since at least since 80 B.C.” - Vinous

There are few wines like Campania’s high altitude, volcanic-soil-driven Taurasi that's produced from the ancient Aglianico varietal. This long-lived wine has fittingly earned a reputation as the “Barolo of the South,” and if you love Taurasi, or just Italian wines for that matter, the wines of Mastroberadino need no introduction. This historic family can trace its winemaking heritage back to the early sixteenth century and it's one of the legendary producers of Italy that Sergio Esposito featured in his memoir, Passion on the Vine. Mastroberardino's wines are reference points for Campania, and the estate's 1968 Taurasi is well-regarded as one of the giant icons of all Italian wines.

Fast-forward to the present, and the estate has truly recaptured its past glory with their recent releases. We have just secured these southern gems, including the ripe and robust 2015 Mastroberadino Taurasi Radici. This recently arrived release is a critically acclaimed expression that has been called, “a wine with a real sense of place” and the “best Radici in years.” For IWM, it is another standout expression of a wine that is a true rarity in the industry in that it's priced at under $40 with the ability to age three decades. More importantly, this truly terroir-driven wine both offers a piece of history that can be enjoyed today and stands as one of the great values in wine. This monumental expression can command $55 elsewhere, but we are pleased to present it at $39.99 for this weekend only.

However, today’s offering does not end with the plush 2015. We are including the prized Mastroberardino Radici Riserva from the 2014 vintage and a sneak peek at the highly-anticipated 2016 Mastroberardino Radici release. And our passion and exploration with Taurasi does not end with the historic name of Mastroberadino. We are including one of the relative rising stars of the region, Salvatore Molettieri, a producer that Vinous has appropriately called “one of the top producers of Taurasi, with his Cinque Querce vineyard considered to be a Grand Cru of the region.” We find the 2012 Molettieri Taurasi Vigna Cinque Querce to offer a more masculine and structured expression than the 2015 Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici; it's the perfect mix for experiencing the range of Taurasi while falling in love with this somewhat forgotten wine.

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Note: wines are arriving in June, with the exception of the 2016, which has a later arrival

If you are new to Taurasi, there is something truly special about an aged-Taurasi and the region where it was born. Campania is host to a huge treasure trove of ancient grapevines, and the antique Aglianico, the primary grape behind the wine Taurasi, is the South’s most promising varietal. In the hillside villages surrounding the historic town of Taurasi, the once nearly extinct and forgotten Aglianico flourished in the region's high altitude tufaceous volcanic soils. Known as the “Nebbiolo (or Barolo) of the South,” the centuries-old Aglianico derives its name from Ellenico, a clue that the Greeks brought the powerful grape into Italy as early as 700 B.C.. The grape's resulting wine is a masculine red that — with its weight, smokey-ash minerality, tobacco, pepper and dark fruit notes — lands characteristically somewhere between a Syrah or Cabernet Franc and a Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Bordeaux’s Pessac-Leognan, but it remains uniquely Italian!

Additional Notes and Reviews:

2015 Mastroberadino Taurasi Radici
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “It is the single wine that got me interested in Italian wine, and for IWM Taurasi rightfully deserves a place next to Barolo. For so many, the ancient wine begins and ends with Mastroberardino and the recent releases capture their past glories. In this concentrated expression, the wine showcases the warmth and sun of the vintage. Expect nuances of ripe red and black fruit, roasted berries, plum, orange peel, crushed flowers, cinnamon, pepper, clove, wet tobacco with smokey and meaty undertones. It is a wine that can truly please fans of Pessac Leognan to the Rhone Valley – while remaining uniquely Italian. It is the ideal wine for a juicy hamburger – in particular, a grilled lamb burger. Share the wine, as it will undoubtedly spark conversation this summer.”

Decanter: “A benchmark for Aglianico, Radici was first produced in 1986. A wine to age for decades, yet surprisingly approachable now. Great density with concentration and depth. Aged two years in oak and two in bottle, this has intense, pure fruit allied to subtle oak, fine tannins and elegance. Some smoky, mineral flavours starting to appear. Ultra refined. A wine with real sense of place.”

2012 Molettieri Taurasi Vigna Cinque Querce
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “I found this expression to be more structured and savory than the plush 2015 Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici, and it offers a little more precision and depth despite its size. It is a big, masculine wine, with plenty of sun-drenched fruit, but with half the spice rack thrown in and balancing minerality. Expect red and black fruit nuances highlighted by blackberries, macerated black cherries, a touch of supporting citrus, crushed flowers, and savory notes of stone, cedar, smoke, ash, and graphite. Much of these attributes can be credited to the ancient varietal and that the contributing vines are over twenty years of age, located at 550-600 meters altitude on clay-calcareous soils. The wine soaks up this terroir and is well-structured with gripping, Barolo-like tannins. A wine to experience and in a word – awesome.”

Vinous: “Moderately saturated red-ruby. Musky aromas of red currant, aromatic herbs, spices and flint. Smooth and fine-grained, conveying a distinctly refined quality to the big, juicy red cherry and sweet spice flavors. Showcases outstanding balance and length, finishing with solid extract and excellent length.”

This is an email ONLY offer. Should you have any questions on these exciting wines, or would like to take advantage of this offer while supplies last, we are asking that you email orders back to me at chris.deas@italianwinemerchants.com, connect with your personal portfolio manager, or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders subject to confirmation and IWM is not responsible typographical errors on pricing.

All my best,
Chris



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