2001 Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro Roccamonfina IGT - Italy, Campania, Roccamonfina IGT (3/12/2012)
A big disappointment. Decanted for two hours; threw off a lot of sediment for a 10-year-old bottle. Dark crimson and nearly opaque. Very ripe fruit and a lot of charred oak make this taste like a chocolate covered raisin. Not hot but heavy. Very dense, monolithic, and raspily tannic. I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that this just needs a lot more time to integrate and express itself, but I wasn’t intrigued enough to want to wait around and watch. God-awful QPR. (86 pts.)
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No great wines, only great bottles and only those are great in the eye of the beholder when, and if, stylistic deference has been tickled. I have no idea if this wine is your style, nor if your bottle was spot on or sound, but I’m a big fan of this wine, have followed it since the inaugural 1994 release and have had the 2001 more than a half dozen times since release and every one of them has been, for my palate, a remarkable experience. Have you had the 01, or other vintages, previously, or was this your first run round the block with TdL?
I had one flawed bottle, but this was my first that was in good condition. I’m a devoted Italian wine drinker (majority Tuscany but more and more Piedmont), and have no problem with big fruit or oak in general (ask my AFWE drinking buddies on this board who consider me a philistine). But this seemed overripe and one-dimensional. Do you have a note of your own on the 01 TdL to post so I can at least see if we were drinking the same wine?