Mastroberardino Taurasi Riserva Stilèma 2015

Other Red Wines from Campania, Italy
WE 96
DE 95
V 94
JS 93
WA 92
WS 92
13.0% ABV
Item # 350121

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96 points/'Editors Choice,' Kerin O'Keefe (Wine Enthusiast): "Wild berry, underbrush, tilled earth, leather and blue flower aromas shape the nose of this fragrant, stunning red. The newest Taurasi addition to the firm's already impressive line up, this is focused, terroir-driven and loaded with finesse. It delivers flavors of juicy wild cherry, crushed rasperry, blood orange, star anise and tobacco, framed in lithe, polished tannins and fresh acidity. While already enjoyable, it will also age well for years. Drink through 2030. Alcohol 13%. (Jun 2019)"

95 points Decanter: "This 2015 represents the first year of the Stilema project, giving Aglianico grapes selected from Pietradefusi, Montemarano, Paternopoli and Mirabella Eclano a shorter than usual maceration for a more elegant interpretation that looks forward while harking back to the famed Taurasi wines of the 1950s and '60s. Tobacco scented, earthy and sweet with wild berry elegance and velvety tannins, this gorgeously elegant, Pinot-like Taurasi gains complexity through hints of meatiness, leather and spice. Drinking Window: 2022-2045. (Feb 2022)"

94 points Eric Guido (Vinous): "The 2015 Taurasi Stilema is dark and animal in nature, flaunting its crushed blackberry, tobacco, savory exotic spices, ashen earth and musky herbal tones. It’s unexpectedly cool-toned and precise, with polished black fruits that envelope its burly Aglianico acidity. Notes of licorice and minerals give way to fine tannins, reminding me that this is an incredibly young Taurasi. Piero Mastroberardino seeks with this bottling to recreate a style that he remembers from his childhood, one which favors earth and spice over fruit, and demonstrates a transparency of Aglianico. I must say that it’s quite impressive, as it is quite an achievement to produce such an elegant wine in the 2015 vintage at only 13% abv. Bravo. Drink: 2024-2040. (May 2020)"

93 points James Suckling: "Enticing nose of incense-like spice and hints of dried fruit and ashy minerals. Medium-bodied with a silky tannin framework to support the intense bead of fruit. Refined. I would drink this now, but you can hold, too. (9/20/21)"

92 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): "I love the shape of the bottles in this line of wines from Mastroberardino. The 2015 Taurasi Stiléma is a balanced and softly textured expression of Aglianico with ripe cherry, tobacco and grilled herb. Despite the warmth of the 2015 vintage, this wine shows some uncharacteristic elements of herb and rosemary that give the wine a more tangy and nervous personality. Try it alongside a spicy puttanesca. Drink: 2021-2028. Alcohol 13%. (Aug 2021)"

92 points Wine Spectator: "[$150 list] This medium- to full-bodied red is abundantly aromatic, offering bay leaf, orange zest and crushed pink peppercorn accents that are enmeshed with flavors of ripe raspberry and wild strawberry fruit. Defined by a spine of mouthwatering acidity and trim tannins, this is sleek and focused through to the minerally finish. Best from 2022 through 2032. 800 cases made, 75 cases imported. (10/31/20)"
96 points/'Editors Choice,' Kerin O'Keefe (Wine Enthusiast): "Wild berry, underbrush, tilled earth, leather and blue flower aromas shape the nose of this fragrant, stunning red. The newest Taurasi addition to the firm's already impressive line up, this is focused, terroir-driven and loaded with finesse. It delivers flavors of juicy wild cherry, crushed rasperry, blood orange, star anise and tobacco, framed in lithe, polished tannins and fresh acidity. While already enjoyable, it will also age well for years. Drink through 2030. Alcohol 13%. (Jun 2019)"

95 points Decanter: "This 2015 represents the first year of the Stilema project, giving Aglianico grapes selected from Pietradefusi, Montemarano, Paternopoli and Mirabella Eclano a shorter than usual maceration for a more elegant interpretation that looks forward while harking back to the famed Taurasi wines of the 1950s and '60s. Tobacco scented, earthy and sweet with wild berry elegance and velvety tannins, this gorgeously elegant, Pinot-like Taurasi gains complexity through hints of meatiness, leather and spice. Drinking Window: 2022-2045. (Feb 2022)"

94 points Eric Guido (Vinous): "The 2015 Taurasi Stilema is dark and animal in nature, flaunting its crushed blackberry, tobacco, savory exotic spices, ashen earth and musky herbal tones. It’s unexpectedly cool-toned and precise, with polished black fruits that envelope its burly Aglianico acidity. Notes of licorice and minerals give way to fine tannins, reminding me that this is an incredibly young Taurasi. Piero Mastroberardino seeks with this bottling to recreate a style that he remembers from his childhood, one which favors earth and spice over fruit, and demonstrates a transparency of Aglianico. I must say that it’s quite impressive, as it is quite an achievement to produce such an elegant wine in the 2015 vintage at only 13% abv. Bravo. Drink: 2024-2040. (May 2020)"

93 points James Suckling: "Enticing nose of incense-like spice and hints of dried fruit and ashy minerals. Medium-bodied with a silky tannin framework to support the intense bead of fruit. Refined. I would drink this now, but you can hold, too. (9/20/21)"

92 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): "I love the shape of the bottles in this line of wines from Mastroberardino. The 2015 Taurasi Stiléma is a balanced and softly textured expression of Aglianico with ripe cherry, tobacco and grilled herb. Despite the warmth of the 2015 vintage, this wine shows some uncharacteristic elements of herb and rosemary that give the wine a more tangy and nervous personality. Try it alongside a spicy puttanesca. Drink: 2021-2028. Alcohol 13%. (Aug 2021)"

92 points Wine Spectator: "[$150 list] This medium- to full-bodied red is abundantly aromatic, offering bay leaf, orange zest and crushed pink peppercorn accents that are enmeshed with flavors of ripe raspberry and wild strawberry fruit. Defined by a spine of mouthwatering acidity and trim tannins, this is sleek and focused through to the minerally finish. Best from 2022 through 2032. 800 cases made, 75 cases imported. (10/31/20)"
Product SKU 350121
Producer Mastroberardino
Country Italy
Region Campania
SubRegion Taurasi DOCG
Varietal Other Red Wines
Designation Riserva
Vintage 2015
Size 750ml
Color Red
Blend Aglianico
ABV 13.0%
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