2012 Galardi 'Terra di Lavoro'
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $44.94 (reg. $59.94)
"Terra di Lavoro is one of Italy's icon reds" - Antonio Galloni
Since its origins in the early 90's, Terra di Lavoro has been the benchmark in Southern Italy's now most well regarded region; Campania. Superstar vintner Riccardo Cotarella with Fattoria Galardi created this stunning red, firmly ensconcing Campania as a world class region, and Aglianico as the 'Barolo of the South.' Today we have their "impressive" 2012 Terra di Lavoro for the best price around!
In a region that, like much of Italy, was once inundated with industrial scale post-war wine making, Galardi was the first real cult wine to poke its head above the surface. The blend of indigenous grapes was bold, but showed some foresight as terroir focused drinkers found the intoxicating minerality drawn up from the volcanic slopes of Vesuvius to be irresistible.
2012 was a warmer vintage, and while it might make this bottle a bit more accessible relative to other years, it will still take time to unwind its dense structure of fleshy dark fruit, herbs and scorched earth. Even a great wine can carry its reputation long after it ceases to deserve it, but 2012 is easily one of those vintages that vindicates Galardi's reputation. Italian wine fans, stock up on this one today. Cheers!