2009 Petrolo Galatrona IGT
Merlot - 750ML
  • WA 98
  • JS 97
  • WA 94
  • WS 90

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Reg: $79.94

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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2017
The super rich and velvety 2009 Galatrona was the headline performer in this vertical tasting going back to the 1997 vintage. This is a beautiful bottle that projects a deep sense of confidence and enormous beauty, inside... The super rich and velvety 2009 Galatrona was the headline performer in this vertical tasting going back to the 1997 vintage. This is a beautiful bottle that projects a deep sense of confidence and enormous beauty, inside and out. It offers an irresistible contrast between its sweet side and its savory side with dried cherry, blackberry preserves, scorched earth, smoked bacon and dark spice. The wine's appearance is inky black and thickly concentrated. Despite that richness, its nuanced complexity is put on clear display. This is a beautiful wine from a tremendous vintage. - Monica Larner
JS 97
jamessuckling.com, September 2011
Amazing aromas of black truffles crushed blackberries and dark chocolate. Dried flowers too. Full-bodied with wonderful fruit that is layered and gorgeous. The finish is fruity long and stylish. Give it three years to... Amazing aromas of black truffles crushed blackberries and dark chocolate. Dried flowers too. Full-bodied with wonderful fruit that is layered and gorgeous. The finish is fruity long and stylish. Give it three years to come together. Best after 2013.
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2012
The 2009 Galatrona is a beautifully centered wine. It shows terrific energy freshness and vibrancy from start to finish. Cassis blackberries mint spices and new leather are all woven together nicely in the 2009. Firm yet... The 2009 Galatrona is a beautifully centered wine. It shows terrific energy freshness and vibrancy from start to finish. Cassis blackberries mint spices and new leather are all woven together nicely in the 2009. Firm yet well-integrated tannins support the finish. Although quite overt today the 2009 appears to have the structure to age well for a number of years. The 2009 is a serious wine with a bright future. Both bottles I tasted were immensely pleasing. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
WS 90
Wine Spectator, September 2012
A deeply colored, meaty red, with dense tannins framing smoky cherry and plum flavors. A powerhouse, gaining suppleness with air. Fine length, needing time to resolve its tannins. Merlot. Best from 2014 through 2023. – BS
Color & Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Vintage 2009

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.