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Galardi ’11 Terra di Lavoro Returns, Great Skin-Contact White, and Dal Forno’s Dessert Sensation
February 12, 2015 
A Note from Sergio

To the uninitiated, the concept of cult wines from Campania might sound counterintuitive. Everyone who knows anything knows that all the really good wine in Italy comes from regions north of Rome and not from the instep of the boot. Toscana, Piemonte, the Veneto, and Friuli, the regions with producers like Antinori, Soldera, Gaja, Quintarelli and Gravner--these are the places and the producers that make the cultish wines. Certainly, this idea was true until the early '90s when Montevetrano and then Galardi changed the face of Campanian winemaking with their cult bottlings.

I know I'm partial to Campania--Napoli was my first home--but I'm not alone in loving the region's wines. Today, I'm happy to offer a new allocation of Galardi 2011 Terra di Lavoro. Galardi, family owned and operated by Arturo and Dora Celentano, at first made its Terra di Lavoro as a "garage wine," a rustic, enjoyable wine but not a collectable one. Its status was quickly upgraded. Now, collectors poise to snap up the tiny allocation of Galardi's Terra di Lavoro, a blend of Aglianico touched with Piedirosso. Usually you have to wait years before you can drink this wine, but 2011 was a spectacular ripe year in Campania, and this vintage of Terra di Lavoro is silky, salty, juicy and delicious.

It's only right to put this cult gem with two others. First is Monastero Suore Cistercensi Ruscum 2011. This skin-contact white wine comes from a collaboration between Giampiero Bea, Paolo Bea's son, and the nuns at a nearby convent in Lazio. It's insanely good, and it drinks well above its modest $27. Second is Romano dal Forno's dessert wine, his Vigne Seré, which he calls the "crown jewel" of his estate. This wine is like a sweet, acidic rocket ship, and it will make you fall in love.

Here's to cult wines and the wine-lovers who treasure them. You're unusual, you're beautiful, and you're my people.

Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Approachable, Affordable, Delicious Galardi Terra di Lavoro 2011
2. Only At IWM: 
Under $30 Orange Wine Made by Nuns!
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Dal Forno's "Crown Jewel," Dal Forno Vigne Seré 2004
Wine Events: February Wine Tastings
My Best, 



Sergio Esposito

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Dal Forno Romano Veneto Passito Vigna Sere 2004 375ml
Dal Forno Romano Veneto Passito Vigna Sere 2004 375ml
Regular Price $249.00