Category Archives: Aglianico

2004 Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi

This 100% Aglianico from Campania was the most complex and interesting of the tasting. On the nose, moving toward bouquet, of medium+ intensity, certainly earthy, dense blackberry, game, smoke, huge spice character, some paste, some pickle juice, and a bit of oak. Dense and broad nose. On the palate, dry, med+ intensity, medium tannins, med+ acidity, spice and earth driven, some sour cherries, with a long balanced finish. I cannot overstate the importance of balance, and it’s role in making this wine extraordinary.    

2003 Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico


This winery is the best kept secret of Southern Italy. Serpico is 100% Aglianico grapes from Irpinia in the region of Campania. On the nose, youthful aroma, of medium plus intensity, with dense dark fruit, plums and cherries, inky quality, some paste, star anise, chalky soil component, violets and dandelions, and some cave aged blue cheese. Very mysterious and complex nose, with moderate oak and overtly Old World characteristics. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium+ tannin, medium+ acidity, very well balanced wine, with a beautiful finish. This would be great with gamey meat, not cheap but very complex and different types of flavors.