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Average critic rating : 97.0 points
I hope one day to have another chance to taste a vertical of Roccamonfina Terra di Lavoro because I have a strong feeling the 2010 will occupy a place among the very finest vintages produced on this tiny vineyard on the slopes of the Roccamonfina volcano. An exotic melange of tar, smoke, graphite, blackberry jam and savory herbs explode from the glass. The 2010 is intense and full-bodied, yet also incredibly elegant. A big, breathtaking wine, the 2010 continues to build all the way through to a deeply resonant, expressive finish. I would choose to leave this uttterly beguiling Campanian red alone for the better part of a decade, but readers are going to have a very hard time excercising that patience. This is a fabulous effort from proprietors Arturo and Dora Celentano, and their long-time winemaker Riccardo Cotarella. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040. ||Galardi fans, of which I am one, will be delighted to learn that the estate plans to introduce a second wine beginning with the 2013 harvest, which is great news, considering the flagship Terra di Lavoro typically ages at a glacial pace.||A Leonardo Lo Cascio Selection, Winebow, Montvale, NJ; tel. (201) 445-0620 Wine Advocate.February, 2013
Fattoria Galardi is a southern Italian wine producer based in the north west of Campania. The winery is best known for making one wine: Terra di Lavoro, based on the Aglianico grape variety. Under the guidance of esteemed oenologist Riccardo Cotarella, the family owned estate has become a real sensation in the wine world and Terra di Lavoro has emerged as one of the star wines of southern Italy. Campania’s generous heat and volcanic soils produce the deeply concentrated grapes that become this wine. The blend of 80% Aglianico and 20% Piedrosso are bottled unfined and unfiltered before being aged for 12 months in new French oak. The resulting wine is structured, powerful and complex with massive ageing potential. Terra di Lavoro is also a wine that is consistently precise vintage to vintage, often scoring in the 97+ point range from Antonio Galloni and James Suckling.
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