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  • Galardi Terra di Lavoro 2008

    £59.99

    “Galardi’s 2008 Terra di Lavoro is a legend in the making. It is a fabulously ripe, rich and seductive wine endowed with beautifully articulated dark plums, ash, leather, licorice, all of which meld together in an explosive, utterly thrilling display of class and elegance. Clean, mineral notes frame the eternal finish. Today the 2008 is impossibly young and the wine will require considerable patience, but its class, pedigree and potential are all first-rate. Simply put, the 2008 is a monumental Terra di Lavoro. Drinking window: 2018-2038. 97+ points.

    Terra di Lavoro, first produced in 1994, has quickly established itself as one of Italy’s cult wines. I tasted all of these vintages with proprietors Arturo and Dora Celentano during their first visit to the US. The Celentanos have a huge passion for food and wine, and that exuberance comes through loud and clear in these fabulous wines. Terra di Lavoro is 80% Aglianico and 20% Piedirosso from vines planted by consulting oenologist Riccardo Cotarella beginning in 1991. The fruit is harvested according to ripeness rather than strictly by variety, which means that Aglianico and Piedirosso are sometimes picked and vinified together. After the alcoholic fermentation, the wines are racked into French oak where they remain on their lees for several months. Cotarella describes Aglianico as a hard grape to take through malolactic fermentation. He therefore believes it is essential for the final blend to be made before the wines go into malo. The final blend is assembled and undergoes what is usually a very slow malo, in steel for 80-90% of the wine, prior to being moved back into oak. There is little question that malolactic fermentation in stainless steel contributes significant freshness and aging potential to this heroic southern Italian wine.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/10)

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  • Lonardo Le Coste Taurasi 2012

    £59.99

    “Inky purple-ruby. Blackberry nectar, violet, red rose, lavender and coriander on the complex nose. Then fresh, pure savory, flinty blueberry, dark plum, licorice and tar flavors. More refined and less powerful than some past Taurasi Coste vintages, but very refined and long. Great Taurasi. Drinking window: 2022-2029. 93 points”

    Ian D’Agata, Vinous (11/18)

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  • Lonardo Taurasi 2013

    £39.99

    “This 2013 is a classic Taurasi, showing a mix of red and black fruits, offset by rosy florals, savory herbs, minerals, leather tones, and a hint of balsamic spice. On the palate, silky textures give way to spicy red fruits, energized by zesty acids with cool-toned sweet herbs and saturating minerality. The 2013 Contrade di Taurasi finishes long, with a twang of acid making the mouth water, as grippy tannins settle in and echoes of black berries linger on. Drinking window: 2024-2026. 93 points”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (05/20)

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  • Lonardo Taurasi 2015

    £36.99

    “Deep ruby with inky nuances. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, blueberry nectar, steel shavings and tar. More serious, bigger and deeper, but also less fleshy and less sweet than the 2016 Irpinia Aglianico. Perhaps currently a bit too austere on the long, slightly metallic, savory but pure finish. Drinking window: 2019-2022. 92+ points”

    Ian D’Agata, Vinous (11/19)

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  • Lonardo Taurasi Riserva 2011

    £89.99

    “Good full red. Inky dark berries, plum, Asian spices, licorice, flowers and smoky minerality on the nose. Then dense, spicy and seamless, displaying terrific cut and clarity to the precise flavors of red cherry, sweet spices, underbrush and tobacco. Very clean and long on the precise, polished, mineral-accented finish. Drinking window: 2020-2030. 94 points”

    Ian D’Agata, Vinous (11/18)

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  • Lonardo Vigne d’Alto Taurasi 2012

    £59.99

    “Good full ruby. Underbrush and musky red and dark fruit notes complicated by notes of hoisin sauce and sassafras. Enters fresh and juicy, then turns mountingly tannic. Finishes long and savory, with chewy tannins nicely supporting the ripe dark fruit flavors. Decant this at least an hour ahead and watch it develop in the glass. Drinking window: 2023-2030. 92 points”

    Ian D’Agata, Vinous (11/18)

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  • Pietracupa Cupo 2018

    £49.99

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  • Pietracupa Fiano 2018

    £23.75

    “This wine now carries an IGT designation, although I think it was previously part of the Fiano di Avellino appellation. The Pietracupa 2018 Fiano shows a bright golden color with aromas of peach, citrus, ripe pear and a hint of wild sage. To the palate, this is a mid-weight white with the creamy intensity and textural richness to pair with scallops on the half shell with garlic and butter. Some 25,000 bottles were made. Drink: 2021-2025. 92 points”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (256)

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  • Pietracupa Greco 2019

    £24.99

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  • Pietracupa Taurasi 2015

    £46.49

    “This is one of my favorite reds in this tasting of Campania wines. The Pietracupa 2015 Taurasi has terrific balance and a very long, silky texture that is not without power and freshness. You get tons of dark fruit here, with bright cherry, blackberry and kirsch, and earthy tones too, as well as pencil shavings and sweet spice from the oak. If you are looking at Taurasi for your next big red purchase, I highly recommend this standout bottle (in a production of 4,000 total bottles). Drinking window: 2021-2035. 95 points”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (256)

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