2016 Petrolo Galatrona IGT
Merlot - 1.5L
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  • JS 98
  • WA 98
  • W&S 96
  • WS 95
  • VN 94
  • DC 94

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Reg: $219.94

$179.94

In Stock: 8 btls
Ships Immediately

Pre-Arrival: 0 btls
ETA: Sep. 2020

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JS 98
jamessuckling.com, September 2017
(97-98 points) A powerful and rich red with wonderful integrity and depth. Full-bodied, tight and silky. Lovely texture and tannin quality. This could equal the great 2015! 100% merlot.
WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2019
This is the flagship wine from Luca Sanjust's Petrolo estate located not too far from Arezzo in the Valdarno area of eastern Tuscany. The 2016 Galatrona is indeed a masterpiece to behold. This wine offers thick layering... expand This is the flagship wine from Luca Sanjust's Petrolo estate located not too far from Arezzo in the Valdarno area of eastern Tuscany. The 2016 Galatrona is indeed a masterpiece to behold. This wine offers thick layering and deep intensity with aromas that offer an incredible range, starting off with luscious dark chocolate on one side and ending with fragrant white truffle on the far end of its long aromatic trajectory. You get plummy fruit, spice, sweet tobacco and tilled earth packed tight in between. This full-bodied Merlot is softly textured and succulent with long-lasting flavor intensity on the close. Petrolo's Merlot is planted in a ten-hectare parcel distinguished by thick clay soils. I have been watching Galatrona's evolution for years and have tasted the wine on occasion in various vertical tastings. This is my favorite vintage made thus far. - Monica Larner collapse
W&S 96
Wine & Spirits, April 2019
Galatrona leads an impressive set of wines from Luca Sanjust in the moderate 2016 growing season. Pure Merlot from a 25-acre plot of vines planted in the 1990s, it unfolds with beautiful scents of dewy violets and thyme... expand Galatrona leads an impressive set of wines from Luca Sanjust in the moderate 2016 growing season. Pure Merlot from a 25-acre plot of vines planted in the 1990s, it unfolds with beautiful scents of dewy violets and thyme. The flavors are as precise as the aromas, with fresh acidity highlighting the ripe blue and black fruit tones. The wine aged for 18 months in French oak barriques, about one-third new, developing supple tannins and subtle spice notes. Taut and herb inflected, it’s a Merlot for people who think they don’t like Merlot. collapse
WS 95
Wine Spectator, December 2018
This is full of enticing blackberry, blueberry and plum flavors, with a spine of acidity, iron accents and beefy tannins. Long and well-proportioned, this needs time to integrate. Tobacco and spice hints detail the... expand This is full of enticing blackberry, blueberry and plum flavors, with a spine of acidity, iron accents and beefy tannins. Long and well-proportioned, this needs time to integrate. Tobacco and spice hints detail the finish. Best from 2022 through 2033. — B.S. collapse
VN 94
Vinous, February 2019
The 2016 Galatrona (Merlot) is fabulous. Powerful, dense and layered, the 2016 brings together serious fruit intensity and energy, as is so typical of this important Tuscan vintage. A whole range of floral and spice notes... expand The 2016 Galatrona (Merlot) is fabulous. Powerful, dense and layered, the 2016 brings together serious fruit intensity and energy, as is so typical of this important Tuscan vintage. A whole range of floral and spice notes develop in the glass, adding further shades of nuance. I have long felt Galatrona is released too early. The 2016 is a perfect example of that. Opening a bottle now is a crime. -- Antonio Galloni collapse
DC 94
Decanter, June 2019
Much Tuscan Merlot is overblown, but the clay parcels among the Petrolo vineyards are ideal for this variety, and Galatrona rightly enjoys a legendary reputation in this category. Initially sumptuous on the nose, with its... expand Much Tuscan Merlot is overblown, but the clay parcels among the Petrolo vineyards are ideal for this variety, and Galatrona rightly enjoys a legendary reputation in this category. Initially sumptuous on the nose, with its black-cherry aromas, this also has a spicy, savoury dimension, and a dash of vanilla from the oak. Concentrated and voluptuous, it's lifted by fine-grained tannins and lively acidity, and given added complexity with its nuances of liquorice and mocha. Fine length. collapse
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Vintage 2016
Size 1.5L
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

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.