2007 Petrolo Galatrona IGT
Merlot - 750ML
  • WS 98
  • WE 98
  • JS 98
  • WA 95
  • IWC 94

Reg: $129.94

$114.94

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Reg: $129.94

$114.94

This product is
out of stock

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WS 98
Wine Spectator, October 2009
This has a great color with fabulous aromas of crushed blackberry violet toasty oak and black olive. Full-bodied with powerful ripe tannins and amazing flavors of blueberry dark chocolate and toast. Lasts for minutes on... This has a great color with fabulous aromas of crushed blackberry violet toasty oak and black olive. Full-bodied with powerful ripe tannins and amazing flavors of blueberry dark chocolate and toast. Lasts for minutes on the palate. Reminds me of the 1989 Pétrus. A stunning Merlot. Best after 2012. 1250 cases made.
WE 98
Wine Enthusiast, December 2010
Galatrona is an opulent, gorgeous wine (from the excellent 2007) vintage that shows the very best of Merlot in Italy. Thanks to a unique growing climate located between Florence, Siena and Arezzo, as well as extremely low... Galatrona is an opulent, gorgeous wine (from the excellent 2007) vintage that shows the very best of Merlot in Italy. Thanks to a unique growing climate located between Florence, Siena and Arezzo, as well as extremely low vineyard yields, the wine feels soft and velvety and imparts long-lasting flavors of black cherry, lively spice, tobacco and cigar box. The true beauty of Galatrona is that it shows all the passion and enthusiasm of its very talented winemaker.
JS 98
jamessuckling.com, June 2013
Wonderful aromas and flavors of violets and crushed blackberries. Just a touch of cream. Ripe, powerful tannins and a full body, with incredible flavors of dark chocolate and blueberries. Goes on for minutes on the palate.
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2010
95+ Petrolo's 2007 Galatrona (Merlot) is another of the successes of the vintage. It is a dark seamless Galatrona packed with dark fruit cassis minerals and French oak. Despite the wine's opulence and richness the fruit... 95+ Petrolo's 2007 Galatrona (Merlot) is another of the successes of the vintage. It is a dark seamless Galatrona packed with dark fruit cassis minerals and French oak. Despite the wine's opulence and richness the fruit retains considerable clarity as well as nuance. Today the French oak is a touch pronounced but in a few years this dense plush Merlot from impeccably-farmed hillside vineyards should be firing on all cylinders. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2027.
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2010
(100% merlot; 18 months in all-new barriques; 14.3% alcohol) Inky black-purple. Spicy black cherry and forest floor aromas are complicated by very intense pure notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Sweet and fleshy on entry... (100% merlot; 18 months in all-new barriques; 14.3% alcohol) Inky black-purple. Spicy black cherry and forest floor aromas are complicated by very intense pure notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Sweet and fleshy on entry with nicely balanced milk chocolate and black plum flavors complemented by minerals herbs and more coffee. Large-scaled and broad on the back end finishing with peppery yet silky-smooth tannins and a salty edge. This mesmerizing wine will not let go of your palate. Not the most refined version of merlot you'll ever try but sure to be one of the most impressive.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Vintage 2007

Label

Galatrona is Petrolo's flagship and one of the most awarded wines of the estate. It is a wine of great structure on the palate, and wildly aromatic on the nose. First produced in 1994, this 100% Merlot comes from estate vines planted in the early 90’s. The vineyard extends over 3 hectares, and is the first vineyard of Merlot that Petrolo planted. The yield per vine is limited, allowing for the concentration of components fundamental to achieve the structure, elegance, balance and persistence wanted for this wine.

Macerated on the skins for 2 weeks or more, the pump-overs are done often and with considerable care to allow for complete and gentle extraction. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barriques, and the wine is then aged in new French barriques for approximately 18 months. During this period the wine is left for the first 6 months on the fine lees, which allows the finished product to achieve greater complexity.

Winery

Petrolo

Petrolo winery is owned by 4 generations by the Bazzocchi-Sanjust family. The estate extends over 109 acres, 825 to 1,500 feet above sea level, in an area known for prestigious wines since the Renaissance.

The vineyards are set in Val d'Arno Superiore, among the hills of the "Chianti Colli Aretini," bordering southeastern Chianti Classico. The somewhat loosely packed soil features layers of claystone, shale and limestone.

Petrolo aims to produce wines with character and terroir from Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, with 5,500 plants per hectare, production has been reduced to less than 8,000 cases in order to maximize quality. Hand-harvested and fermented in individual lots using native yeasts, the bulk of production is aged in French barriques, though they do employ the use of large oak casks.

Petrolo produces six dry wines and a Vin Santo, but is best known for the 100% Merlot, Galatrona, and the Cabernet-based Il Torrione.