2002 Galardi, Roccamonfina IGT, Terra di Lavoro (RT 93) SO’d around noon with the first glass poured around dinner time, it was followed over the course of two days. Showing a dark and dense russet ruby hue, and a nearly opaque quality to it, the bouquet is characterized by minerality, a wisp of smoke layered with chalky red fruits, dried rose petal and ripe plum. With time in the glass that classic ash note develops (common in the reds of Campania) punctuated by Fall notes of dried raspberry and forest floor with hints of medium roast coffee. On the palate it’s dense and firm, beautifully balanced and long on the finish with fine grained tannins and excellent acidity. Now in the early stages of its peak drinking window, this has a solid 10-15+ years of fine drinking ahead. While there is much to be cautious of in 2002 from Central and Northern Italy, in Campania the weather was much more favorable resulting in some excellent wines being produced including this beauty!