Galardi Terra di Lavoro 2012
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The wine is deep purple in color with smoky, earthy aromas and seductive hints of tobacco and graphite. Notes of ripe black cherries, cassis, tobacco and leather come through on the palate of this big-structured, full-bodied wine. This iconic wine pairs beautifully with Italian or French pot roasts, filet mignon or aged cuts of beef.
From a ten hectare vineyard, the 2012 Roccamonfina Terra di Lavoro touches on many of the glory points that made this such an important cult wine for Campania. Although 2012 was a hot vintage, this wine shows an impressive sense of balance and elegance. This is especially apparent on the nose where it delivers blasts of dark fruit, balsam herb, tar, licorice and volcanic ash with meticulous precision. The fruit is layered, soft and ripe. In fact, the mouthfeel is the wine's best asset. Its fine tannins offer enormous structure, but they are soft and yielding at the same time. This is an open and honest expression of Aglianico (80%) and Piedirosso that has only just begun its long evolution.
Score: 94, Monica Larner, April 29, 2015
Rich and expressive, with sappy black cherry and currant fruit, a tarry, mineral-tinged underpinning and accents of black licorice drop, wild herb, graphite and mocha, all wrapped around fine-grained tannins. Elegant and supple overall, with a long, aromatic finish. Aglianico. Drink now through 2025. 5,000 cases made.
Score: 92, Alison Napjus, February 28, 2015
Deep red-ruby. Very ripe black cherry, raspberry jelly, mocha, tobacco, and brown spices on the nose; this borders dangerously close to being overripe. Supple on entry, then turns austere in the middle, offering big, rich flavors of red fruits, smoke, damp earth, and sweet spices. Finishes with a peppery element and mountingly dry tannins that speak of the hot year. An 80 percent Aglianico and 20 percent Piedirosso blend.
Score: 90, Ian D'Agata, November 2016
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