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Expert Picks: Galardi and Raffaele Palma

Posted on | April 8, 2015 | Written by Camacho Vidal | No Comments

CamachoOne of our Saturday tasting series last month featured wines from Italy’s North and South. We tend to generalize Italy as a whole when it comes to food and wine, but until the 1800’s Italy was many independent countries, and they all had their own traditions and customs. This was very apparent in the tasting on Saturday, March 14, when we sampled wines that spanned from the Alto Adige, the Veneto, and Piemonte all the way down south to Campania and Puglia. Two wines that stood out in the tasting were from the South: Galardi Terra di Lavoro 2009, a dark, broody, long-aging red that requires time and patience, and Raffaele Palma Puntacroce 2011, an elegant, refreshing wine that’s a joy to drink.

Made with indigenous grapes Agalianico and Piedirosso planted on the volcanic slopes of Campania, this is one of the cult wines of Italy. Galardi only produces one wine, Terra di Lavoro, and only about 10,000 bottles per vintage. We poured this wine from a magnum, and it was the people’s favorite wine of the tasting—of course this Raffaele Palma white gave it competition! Rafaele Palma founded his estate in 2005. His vineyards lie off the Amalfi Coast and stretch from a height of 50 meter to as high as 450 meters above sea level. Raffaele Palma’s organic farm specializes in the production of wine, olive oil, and lemons, and this wine tastes like its unique terroir.

Galardi 2009 Terra di Lavoro $69.99
The wine is deep purple with a slight funk that blows off to reveal smoky, earthy aromas and slight hints of tobacco, mineral, black cherries, cassis and leather. The palate is full with earth, spice and minerality. With its silky tannins and a nice lingering finish, this wine is simply special. Drink 2016-2025

Raffaele Palma 2011 Puntacroce $74.99

Puntacroce is blend of Falanghina, Biancolella, Ginestra, and other local white grape varieties (Fenile, Ripolo and Pepella). The nose bursts with aromas of apricot, citrus, flower blossoms and lavender. The palate has plenty of minerality and the finish has a hint of candied fruit and juicy acidity. This wine will be an ideal companion to any seafood dish this coming summer. Drink now and for the next few years.

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