Antonio Galloni’s Vinous said, “It’s hard not be a huge fan of Galardi, whose Terre di Lavoro wine has long been one of the quality benchmarks of Campania. Though in some years I have found the blend to remind me only distantly of its 80 percent Aglianico and 20 percent Piedirosso mix, there’s no arguing with the fleshy, ripe, ageworthy aromas and flavors this very famous wine always exudes. While I was disappointed by the 2014 (a rainy, difficult year), the Terre di Lavoro 2013 is an epic wine in the making.”
This small project was hatched back in the early 1990’s by a group of cousins with green thumbs. They wanted to make a wine off their family’s minute 0.5 hectare plot of land on Roccamonfina, an extinct volcano Northwest of Taurasi.
They really felt like had hidden treasure under them in the unique soil, so they enlisted the advice of Italy’s most famous and respected winemaking consultant, Riccardo Cotarella. So enamored with what he saw, he not only agreed they had something truly special, but he even agreed to be the winemaker for a small fee – right there on the spot. And just like that, what may have seemed like a long shot had the blessing of an icon.
Over the next 30 years, the tiny estate has produced an enormous reputation despite their miniscule production. Results have been absolutely stunning. Every year, a number of expert reviewers drop big scores on the wine, with the slowly aging Aglianco produced off this tiny vineyard, amongst the most interesting wines made anywhere.
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94+ Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Fattoria Galardi and consulting enologist Riccardo Cotarella have conspired to create a beautiful wine in this classic vintage. The 2013 Terra di Lavoro is a headline bottling on the Campania winescape. It has inspired a large generation of enthusiastic younger vintners today, especially in the Roccamonfina subzone—one of the most exciting areas in the bustling and up-and-coming regions of Southern Italy. The effect here is seamless, deep and penetrating with healthy red fruit that is nicely enhanced by spice, leather and campfire ash. The integration and smoothness of the mouthfeel is impressive indeed.
94 Points, Vinous
Good full ruby. Captivating aromas of black cherry, cocoa, graphite and sweet spices, subtle notes of dried flowers, and woodsmoke emerging with air. Sweet, plush and seamless; round and full, but with enticing inner-mouth perfume to the saline red berry, cherry and minerally flavors. Finishes very long and suave, with broad, polished tannins and a repeating graphite nuance. This is a beauty. An 80 percent Aglianico and 20 percent Piedirosso blend.
94 Points, James Suckling
A tangy and fresh Terra di Lavoro with some clove and spice character. Hot stone and ripe fruit here. This is very tight and chewy. Fresh and bright fruit. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a racy finish. The almond, earth and stone undertones are fascinating. This needs two to three years of bottle age. Try after 2018.