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1968 Mastroberardino Taurasi Riserva
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: other red varietal
Region: Other Italy
98 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - October 2013
(6 g/l total acidity; 3.45 pH; 27.7g/l dry extract; 12.25% alcohol): Garnet-tinged medium red. Vibrant aromas of raspberry, sour red cherry, tobacco and mint are complicated by an intense minerality. Juicy, perfumed and highly concentrated, showing wonderful precision and amazing inner-mouth energy to the red fruit and chocolate flavors. Creamy-sweet but with nicely integrated acids, finishing extremely long, smooth and perfumed, with fine-grained tannins. This is still amazingly youthful, and a paragon of balance. In my experience, only the 1958 (though the 1961 is pretty good too) comes even close to this memorable wine, but I haven't had those two icons in some time.