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Galardi "Terra di Lavoro" Rosso, Campania '16


Galardi "Terra di Lavoro" Rosso, Campania '16

Galardi is a family-run winery, between cousins Maria Luisa Murena, Arturo and Dora Celentano, and Francesco Catello. Since 1991, they set off with highly regarded oenologist Riccardo Cotarella to make wines from Campania's top red varietals: Aglianico and Piedirosso. Together they strive to maximize the intrinsic characteristics of these native varietals through attentive and highly effective vineyard management.

The winery and surrounding hillside vineyards are located in Northwestern Campania on the famous volcanic-laden slopes sitting at approximately 1300 feet above sea level. The environmental aspects here allow the vines to benefit from ideal growing conditions, through climate and exposure, with a strong Mediterranean influence. Considering the low yielding, late-ripening Aglianico, these factors are crucial to aiding in such a balanced yet concentrated wine.

The name of their flagship wine, Terra di Lavoro, translates to "Land of Work," reflecting on the challenges of cultivating in this area, full of steep altitude and rocky terrain. The vineyards hold about 25 hectares total, all dedicated to this single bottling, the only cuvée they release. The vines' average age is 30 years old, with plantings dedicated to about 80% Aglianico and 20% Piedirosso.

This is a great example of how much power Aglianico can pack in. After fermentation in tank, the wine is aged for a year in French barrique, 70% new, 30% second use, and then an additional 10 months in bottle before release. The result is a wine full of classic smoky, earthy aromas and seductive hints of tobacco and graphite due to its terroir. Robust notes of ripe black cherries, black currant, tobacco and leather come through on the palate of this big-structured, full-bodied wine.

This wine is destined for your most hearty, rich dishes. The ultimate steak wine, and perfect with any pot roasts and braised meat and vegetables. Considering the weather, this would be perfect with a hearty bowl of stew in front of a warm fire.




Producer Fattoria Galardi
Vintage 2016
Format 750ml


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