Mastroberardino "Neroametà" Bianco 2017
Mastroberardino is one of the most recognizable and iconic estates in Taurasi, one of the most important regions in Italy. Located some 30 miles northeast of Naples, in Campania, Taurasi is responsible for heady, majisterial reds from the Aglianico grape.
The Mastroberardino estate is arguably one of the first to bring worldwide recognition to Taurasi and Aglianico; ever since their debut vintage in the late '60s their wines have become a must for every savvy collector. The volcanic soils here are no joke; Taurasi lies in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, an active volcano responsible for burying Pompeii and Herculaneum some two millennia ago.
Which brings us to their exciting "Neroametà Bianco" – a white wine made from the deep-black Aglianico grape. How, you ask? They harvest the bunches by hand, at night, careful to not crush the delicate whole clusters and press extremely quickly and gently off of its skins, thereby avoiding any contact with the thick, deep hued outer layer. It's a gorgeous silver in the glass, with aromas faintly redolent of blue fruit, pulverized stone, and a smoky volcanic tang. The palate has bright, brisk acidity but an underlying weight, hinting at the Aglianico's power lurking in the fleshy, textured finish.
Vinous writes: "This lovely wine is probably the best Aglianico vinified as a white wine that I have ever tried."
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