Introducing the magnificent 2019 Petrolo Galatrona IGT, a red wine that exudes elegance and finesse. Crafted exclusively from 100% Merlot grapes, this wine is a true gem in the collection of the esteemed Petrolo winery. With its vibrant red color and enticing aromas, it captivates the senses from the very first pour.
On the nose, the 2019 Petrolo Galatrona delights with a wonderful floral touch, offering a beguiling and elegant bouquet with hints of wild strawberries. As it caresses the palate, it reveals a satin-like texture, followed by beautifully textured tannins that settle amidst a symphony of succulent cherry, raspberry, and blackberry fruit. The flavors are further accentuated by a herbal lift at the end, showcasing excellent drive and a smooth, satisfying finish.
Renowned wine critic Decanter awarded this exceptional vintage a remarkable score of 95 points. They praised its floral aromas, satin-like texture, and the harmonious interplay of cherry, raspberry, and blackberry flavors. According to Decanter, the 2019 Petrolo Galatrona has an excellent potential for aging, promising a long life ahead.
James Suckling, another respected critic, was equally enamored, awarding this wine an outstanding 99 points. He described the nose as a captivating blend of blackberries, black cherries, lavender, and violets. On the palate, the fruit intensity is remarkable, displaying both vibrancy and energy. Suckling commended its muscular yet agile character, stating that this wine offers a unique definition of Merlot in Tuscany. He suggests waiting until 2025 to fully appreciate its splendor.
Jane Anson, an influential wine writer, awarded the 2019 Petrolo Galatrona a score of 94 points. She praised the wine's power, which stems from the estate's clay soils, and noted the seductive contrast between the rough grain of the tannins and the luscious raspberry and blackberry coulis flavors. Anson also highlighted the freshness and herbaceous notes that reflect the wine's origin in the Chianti hills.
Wine Spectator, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, and Vinous all joined in the chorus of praise for the 2019 Petrolo Galatrona. Wine Spectator bestowed a score of 96 points, applauding its concentrated nature and the interplay between earthy, savory notes and plum and blackberry fruit. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded an impressive 97 points, highlighting the wine's softness, lusciousness, and layers of dark fruit, spice, leather, and perfumed tobacco. Meanwhile, Vinous, with a score of 96 points, praised the wine's striking depth, freshness, and delineation, noting its blue/purple fruit, mocha, incense, espresso, and lavender flavors.
To fully appreciate the marvel that is the 2019 Petrolo Galatrona IGT, it is recommended to savor it after 2025, allowing it to reach its full potential. This wine promises an extraordinary drinking experience, with its refinement, complexity, and the unmistakable mark of excellence that characterizes Petrolo's winemaking.