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  • So thick, so dense and so , so young. This wine is not ready to drink. I would not attempt to drink this for 7 to 10 years. Lots of earth and flower shop scents make this an alluring wine to sniff to death, but when you drink be sure to take a machete with you to weed through the bales of tannin. Big body, not sweet, big time dry and gritty, and in fact, the tannins are oppressive to the finish. This needs integration via lots and lots of time. Lots of hidden elegance and upside. I am going to seek out an 01 or 04...

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  • Not certain if this variety is my cup of tea. Other Ct users commented on how like a Cabernet it is; I initially didn't see that but after a day in bottle I agree. In fact, a fellow taster indicated it tasted like formaldehyde, although in fairness I didn't get that. It has nice acidity and a dark fruit profile, and i think it is an ager as a result. I am willing to try this one again. This wine is really deeply purple, almost black.

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  • Drank together with the 06' of the same wine. Very different. I found the 07' to be much more approachable and fruit forward. Nose and palate full of blueberry, jam, black licorice on the finish. This is also built for the long haul but not quite as structured as the 06', but still really good wine. Would really like to try with nice Italian dinner.

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  • This is an exceptional wine and has entered drinking phase while still youthfull.
    Deeply colored with a nose that reveals ripe plummy and blackcurrant fruit together with mineral, herbal and cedary tones. Full bodied with huge but ripe tannins high acidity, plush texture and impeccable balance. Flavors are of dark fruit, licorice, leather and coffee.
    Does not taste of Italy, it is easy to mistake for a Cabernet Sauvignon.

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  • Consumed over two weeks thru Coravin. Color is dark and ruby like. Initial nose is tight, with more green elements then red, hints of fern, lead, stone, with secondary notes of tart black berry and cassis upon aeration. Palate is much more intriguing and standout. Highly structured, with plenty of acid and good tannin. Dark cherry, stone, pit, pine, loam, earth, and herb. Good mouth watering finish especially after long decant. Time will only benefit this wine.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    The Noble Wines of Southern Italy (Aug 2010), (See more on Vinous...)

    (Galardi Terra Di Lavoro) Subscribe to see review text.
  • By Antonio Galloni
    The Best of Central and Southern Italy (Jun 2010), (See more on Vinous...)

    (Galardi Roccamonfina Terra Di Lavoro) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/19/2011, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro Roccamonfina IGT) Opaque purple red violet color; plum, herbaceous, roasted fruit, tar nose; tasty, tart plum, meaty, walnut shells, black fruit, earthy, mineral, tar, charcoal palate, needs 5-plus years; medium-plus finsih

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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    1/25/2011, (See more on Garagiste...)

    (Galardi TERRA DI LAVORO) Galardi Redux

    Dear Friends,

    I’ve been hounded for large format versions of Galardi’s Terra di Lavoro but our shipment from Europe was slow to depart (what else is new? Is anything ever early?) - it is now set to arrive in Seattle next week so, here you go, all with perfect provenance directly from the winery cellar.

    Needless to say, this is a special set of magnums and 3.0’s – if you have an important occasion coming up in 2020 or so, any of the formats/vintages below would certainly turn a few heads...

    (for background on the 2008 Galardi, the original offer for the 750ml’s is below)

    2008 Galardi Terra di Lavoro (Roccamonfina/Campania) 1.5lt -

    2008 Galardi Terra di Lavoro (Roccamonfina/Campania) 3.0lt -

    2007 Galardi Terra di Lavoro (Roccamonfina/Campania) 3.0lt -

    FIRST COME FIRST SERVED up to 12 x magnums of 2008, 6 x 3.0’s of the 2008 and 3 x 3.0’s of the 2007.

    To order: niki@garagistewine.com

    Thank you -

    - Jon Rimmerman
    *****************************
    (for background, here’s the original offer for the 2008 Galardi, plus a 2010 update from a few months ago that is looking more and more accurate as I taste through the regions – you can add the Northenr Rhone to this list – look out in 2010 for one of the great, classic years of the past twenty. As good as 2009 may be (which is still debatable), nearly every vintner in Ampuis over the weekend was gushing over 2010 as it appears to possess both classicism and intensity, sort of an 1988 meets 1989. There’s a long way to go in the elevage but keep your fingers crossed...)

    UPDATE: Thoughts on 2010

    Don’t look now but 2010 is looking very good in Beaujolais and Burgundy – very good indeed. In a similar vein to 2010 in Bordeaux (that I reported on a month ago), the samples bubbling in tanks around Morgon and Beaune have a classicism missing from the deeply pitched, delicious and fruit-filled 2009’s. It’s a small vintage, with very little wine but (so far), it reminds me of a combination of 1996 and 1999 – it has the tannic hold and minerality of 1996 but the wonderful fruit of 1999. Could be another fabulous year in certain districts but bottles will be very scarce. Lower levels will not be as immediately successful as in 2009 but the grand cru level wines may be even more successful due to a wall of structure missing from many 2009’s. A collector’s year for those with the fortitude and patience to wait.

    By the way, Bordeaux continues down the path I originally reported on – could be a vintage for the ages but it’s still far too early to tell.

    Oh, the fortunate 2010 birthday girls and boys!

    - Jon Rimmerman
    ********************
    2008 Galardi

    Dear Friends,

    I was going to save this for February of next year but the requests have become so large that it’s not in anyone’s interest to wait. The winery has been overwhelmed by order requests from around the globe and a fervent grey marketing campaign by US retailers has been in full swing since September so time is of the essence (keep in mind, the winery has severely cracked down on the grey marketing of their 2008 – if you are waiting on futures of 2008 Galardi purchased at unrealistic prices, you need to inquire as to the wine’s point of origin and exact delivery date – Galardi has cut-off a number of European sources that sold a boatload of grey market 2008 to US retailers on a pre-arrival basis a few months ago – the wine will not be delivered to the European grey-marketers and they will have to find the wine elsewhere. Where will they find it? I have no idea as 97pt wines do not grow on trees. As most long-term Email List members know, I'm not writing this so you purchase the wine from us, quite the contrary – everyone purchases enough other wine from us year-round – I'm just keeping you in the loop if your hard-earned funds have been given to speculators that will have a very difficult time delivering the wine).

    As the single most requested wine of the season (at any price-point), here you go...



    VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as an underpriced version of Galardi that should evolve for decades. While it does not posses the massive fruit extraction of past years, that may be a good thing. Its elegance reminds the taster of a Campanian Margaux and the terroir is arguably the most expressive its ever been with Terra di Lavoro. In short, compared to just about anything from anywhere (Grange? Guigal? Leoville Poyferre? Montrose? Ornellaia? On and on) this wine is worthy of the highest praise and adulation yet the tariff is now among the lowest of its peers (I attempted to bring this in at but it was just not possible – at $58.90, it’s still one of my buys of the year at the very highest tier.)

    This parcel has impeccable provenance – ONE SHIPMENT ONLY at this price.

    FIRST COME FIRST SERVED up to 48/person until we run out...

    2008 Galardi Terra di Lavoro (Campania) - SOLD OUT
    (compare at $60-100+ but not with this level of provenance)

    To order: niki@garagistewine.com

    This parcel is set to arrive in early Feb (please check OARS for local pick up after Feb 15th). It will ship during the Spring shipping season.

    Out of state orders will be held for free under ideal storage conditions (56 degrees/70%humidity) until shipping is possible. Locals may pick up at their leisure.

    For current local pick up and arrival/ship information, please see your OARS link below (at the bottom of this offer) - don’t know how to access your OARS? Simply click the link and see your account. You can also paste the link into your browser. If you are having trouble with your link or your account, please contact: support@garagistewine.com

    NO SALES TO RETAILERS OR WHOLESALERS

    Thank you,

    Jon Rimmerman
    Garagiste
    Seattle, WA
    Italy7547
    Italy7548
    Italy7549

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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    7/7/2010, (See more on Garagiste...)

    (GALARDI (2007/FINAL)) Galardi

    Dear Friends,

    Here’s an offer that proves loyalty is still alive regardless of critical acclaim.

    I never expected this to happen but you are the beneficiary so...here goes...

    We’ve offered the 2007 Galardi three times over the past year but the demand continues to be somewhat insatiable. The vintage is sold out at the winery but they retained a few dozen cases for library and tasting stock (as they usually do in each campaign). To make a long story short, this wine was the highest rated example in Antonio Galloni’s Wine Advocate report last week and it had already received from Daniel Thomases – in other words there are an excess of buyers for no remaining stock – that adds up to market scarcity and increased prices.

    What’s the point?

    The winery could have doubled the price on the remaining cases (or kept them) but instead have offered them to us at the original pre-release price. That’s what a small family wine estate is all about – no concern for ratings and only a concern for those that will eventually drink their labor of love – in this case, that means you:

    (the wine has already become more tannic and is drinking like a 2005 St. Estephe mixed with Roccamonfina at present – JR)

    In this world, a gesture such as this is few and far between...not at Galardi where “family” still means something.

    VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    EXTREMELY LIMITED

    2007 Galardi Terra di Lavoro Roccamonfina -

    Please give us your maximum number up to 6/person and we will allocate accordingly

    To order: niki@garagistewine.com

    This parcel is set to depart from Italy – it will arrive in the summer (please check OARS for local pick up after Aug 1st). It will ship during the Fall shipping season.

    Out of state orders will be held for free under ideal storage conditions (56 degrees/70%humidity) until shipping is possible. Locals may pick up at their leisure.

    For current local pick up and arrival/ship information, please see your OARS link below (at the bottom of this offer) - don’t know how to access your OARS? Simply click the link and see your account. You can also paste the link into your browser. If you are having trouble with your link or your account, please contact: support@garagistewine.com

    NO SALES TO RETAILERS OR WHOLESALERS

    Thank you,

    Jon Rimmerman
    Garagiste
    Seattle, WA
    Italy3499
    Click here to view the status of your orders in O.A.R.S.
  • By Jon Rimmerman
    5/28/2010, (See more on Garagiste...)

    (GALARDI) 2007 Galardi Redux

    Dear Friends,

    I just got off the phone to finalize this deal and (once again) I've scrapped everything else I was working on to bring you a memorable Memorial Day sendoff...

    This wine has really caught fire and Antonio Galloni's comments last week on his WA forum page appear to echo the accolades bestowed by Daniel Thomases several months ago (not to mention my own). We received our original shipment of the 2007 Galardi last week and those of you that have already committed infanticide by opening the wine have been dooly wowed by the vintage (it always amazes me when people pick up a wine such as this from the warehouse and open it the same night, but I guess it's tough to defer gratification). One long-term email list member with significant experience in the Old World claims it is the finest Italian wine he's ever tasted outside of Piedmont. I'm still trying to convince him to allow me to use his TN as it's pretty darn enticing (although in different language than my own with words like "wowsa!")

    The winery may believe the 2007 is their finest example ever but, for me, what makes the vintage truly special is the effusive nature of the aromatics meshed with a backbone of tannin and volcanic soil and spice driven elements that are literally blended (I mean in a blender) into the whole. Where other vintages of Galardi have been compact on release and in need of many years of age, the bottle I tasted last night could almost be interpreted as flamboyant and exotic (in an Aglianico sort of way) - it's so layered with ga-ga inducing nuance that it will certainly rank as one of the great examples they have produced. It has more of a showy Cirque du Soleil character in youth than is typical but everything else is there in spades as well. One thing is for sure, the tasting yesterday confirmed my original thoughts outlined in the offer last winter: the 2007 is going to knock the socks off of a very wide audience not to mention it is also the most reasonably priced Galardi of the last ten years (with enticing investment potential as very few US accounts have the wine).

    The pre-release pricing is no longer available on the 2007 but I've hedged the lower Euro to keep the price the same to you.

    This is the last of the vintage available out of Italy (and the US) - after this, they are sold out and on to 2008 (which is really saying something as it has not been officially reviewed by the WA yet)...

    A Galardi to stock up on?

    Due to low margin, this offer is FIRST COME FIRST SERVED up to 24/person until we run out - please be patient with Niki.

    For hyperbolic reference, my original offer is below:

    2007 Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro Roccamonfina (DT99)

    - Jon Rimmerman
    Italy8209

    *************************
    (original offer from the winter):

    2007 Galardi

    Dear Friends,

    Ok, here we go....

    I've tasted every vintage of this wine in barrel and on release since its inception and the 2007 has a chance to not only eclipse the 1997 but it has the distinct opportunity to become one of the legendary wines of the modern era in Italian winemaking. Marketing fluff? I don't think so.

    If my finger is on the pulse of anything, it's on the behind the scenes dealing that takes place in this industry and the 2007 Galardi has caused a grandiose amount of wheeling and dealing (99pt scores have a tendency to do that). If it is any indication of the perceived secondary value of this wine, then that value is very high. Since early November, importers, restaurants and consumers have jockeyed for position on the 2007 Galardi as the price debuted at first tranche levels not seen since the 1998 or 1999. The key to this was the fact that the price came out before the 99pt score (granted, just before, but the winery honored the original price - let's just say that first tranche price is now "unavailable"). What makes the equation even more interesting is that the US allocation (historically the largest in the world) was cut significantly - only 100 cases of the 2007 are coming here as opposed to 200-300 in the past (approximately 500 cases are produced of this wine). From a supply and demand side of things, you can do your own math.

    I realize those with something to "sell" always claim the newest is the best but, in this case, it is. Past vintages have all had their level of excellence but there is no question the 2007 is the broadest and most powerful example of Galardi yet produced (it reminds me of 2005 Latour meshed with something like 1989 La Conseillante and 2004 Molettieri Taurasi). It's easy to get excited about a wine such as this and to reduce it to terms like "great" or even (yikes) "Fab!" but there are times when simple words tell the story as well as a bevy of adjectives. This wine is indeed fascinating from first whiff to ever-long finish and it captivates the inner working of the mind and soul on an equal basis - not an easy yin/yang to achieve and one I will most certainly stand in line to experience again.

    I'm not sure there are any published reviews in English yet but I'm sure you can find other opinions on the 2007 out in the community somewhere.

    If nothing else, this is just a terrific price on one of the finest wines in the world. Let's put it this way, 2007 Ornellaia will be $150+ on first tranche and this is $58+. (the 2007 Galardi, while a completely different expression, is as enjoyable as the 2006 Masseto and you can hold me to that statement). I don't think it's stretching things to say this is one of the surest wine investments your hard-earned funds can make.

    This first-tranche parcel is directly from the winery cellar with the finest provenance available.

    NO SALES TO RETAIELRS OR WHOLESALERS

    2007 Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro Roccamonfina - SOLD OUT (of first parcel) (DT99)

    Thank you,

    Jon Rimmerman
    Garagiste
    Seattle, WA
  • By Jon Rimmerman
    12/21/2009, (See more on Garagiste...)

    (GALARDI Terra di Lavoro) 2007 Galardi

    Dear Friends,

    I will refrain from listing this as a Holiday Special but it certainly passes muster. Pound for pound (or Euro for Euro) this may be the best investment of the season at this tariff level.

    Galardi's Terra di Lavoro needs no introduction. It is among the most sought after and highly thought of wines in Italy. As far as I can tell, it is the single highest rated European red wine in the history of the Wine Advocate (with at least eight vintages reviewed - maybe Clos Erasmus is close? It even bests Latour if you average all the vintages - maybe that's not a fair comparison but you get the idea). The 2007 vintage was just rated 99pts by Daniel Thomases/Veronelli and, if past precedent is any indication, it will be a highly collectable commodity a decade from now.

    Keep in mind, Thomases is the one responsible for the now legendary 2001 vintage's WA99 rating (not Parker) and that wine currently trades for $175-250 or more for a 750ml (even up to $300 or more in Europe or up to $600+ for a magnum - 3.0's? The sky's the limit). The 2007 should follow suit as very little is coming to the US - a fraction of what came here with the 2001 vintage. Blame the economy but importers are being forced to cut back on everything - even 99pt wines and the 2007 Galardi is the odd man out. That all leads to supply/demand issues and secondary value that could be very interesting...

    How's the wine? I think you'll find it to be memorable.

    ONE SHIPMENT ONLY at this price with the finest provenance available.

    VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEDED as a showstopper and investment-worthy wine that should give back for years to come:

    2007 Galardi Terra di Lavoro 1.5lt (DT99)
    (Due to the hand bottling and barrel selection, magnums of Galardi are always substantially more than 2 x 750ml so this is normal. Magnums of the 2007 are VERY RARE)

    2007 Galardi Terra di Lavoro 3.0lt (DT99)

    Thank you,

    Jon Rimmerman
    Garagiste
    Seattle, WA

    Italy7944
    Italy7945

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