Galardi Terra di Lavoro 2014
The wine is deep purple 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.
Blend: 80% Aglianico, 20% Piedirosso
The 2014 Terra di Lavoro is a seamless and well-integrated wine (made with Aglianico and Piedirosso with the first vintage released in 1994) that always sets the bar high for Campania wines and the volcanic Roccamonfina subzone. This vintage is a little flatter than most, but this should come as no surprise given the challenges of the growing season. The pedigree of the winemaking is evident, nonetheless, with seamless integration and a wide array of dark fruit and toasted aromas that evoke the rugged personality of this unique Terra di Lavoro, or 'land of labor.'
The potential of the volcanic terrain descending towards the sea, together with Riccardo Cotarella, a respected winemaker with a particular interest in reviving and enhancing wines from southern Italy, brought about the birth, in 1994, of a product that aroused an incredible amount of excitement. With a calibrated blend of the Aglianico grape and the Piedirosso grape, also known as "Pere' e Palummo," or Pigeon Foot, from south-west facing vines, between four hundred and five hundred meters above the enchanting Gulf of Gaeta, the "Terra di Lavoro" is created, a wine with excellent structure, perfectly aged in small oak barrels.
Galardi emerged as a star wine property in Campania over the past decade. The region's volcanic soils yield wines of impressive elegance and personality, as demonstrated through an array of compelling indigenous varieties. Terra di Lavoro, the estate's flagship wine, has risen to become one of Italy's cult wines, and with good reason. It showcases the qualities of two ancient varieties (Aglianico and Piedirosso) and the volcanic soils on which they are grown. The two grapes combine to imbue the wine with concentration, compelling complexity, and length.