2021 Petrolo Galatrona IGT

Merlot - 750ML
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JS 98

jamessuckling.com, July 2023

The aromas here are very distinct with dried flowers such as lavender and violets. Some sage as well. Black berries and black olive skin. Full-bodied yet linear and energetic with very fine tannins and fantastic length...
VN 98

Vinous, August 2023

The 2021 Galatrona is a fine follow-up to the 2020. In most vintages, Galatrona is very showy right out of the gate. That is not at all the case with the 2021, a wine that is going to need a number of years to be at its...
DC 97

Decanter, August 2023

Vivid purple in the glass, gorgeous black cherry and blackcurrant aromas with touches of florality - this 100% Merlot smells wonderfully scented and inviting. Smooth, ample, really quite seductive on the palate, sensual...
WA 97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2024

(97+ points) The 2021 Val d'Arno di Sopra Galatrona shows extremely focused aromas, but very generous ones all the while, with soft mint, cherry and stracciatella over a full-bodied texture with soft layers of spice and...
TWI 96

The Wine Independent, August 2023

The 2021 Galatrona, 100% Merlot, is medium to deep garnet-purple in color. Quite closed to start, it requires a lot of swirling to bring out wonderfully pure notes of wild blueberries and juicy blackberries, followed by...
WS 96

Wine Spectator, October 2023

Though seamless and lusciously saturated with black currant, blackberry, violet, iron, tobacco and spice aromas and flavors, this red is also solidly built, with polished tannins. Nevertheless, this is more about finesse...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Vintage 2021
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

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.

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.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the 2021 Petrolo Galatrona IGT, a truly remarkable red wine from the prestigious region of Tuscany in Italy. This wine is crafted with the utmost care and precision by the renowned producer, Petrolo, known for their commitment to excellence and passion for winemaking.

As you pour this wine into your glass, you will be captivated by its deep, enticing red color. It shimmers and dances, teasing your senses with its beauty. The aroma that rises from the glass is equally enchanting, with rich and complex notes of dark berries, plums, and cherries. There is a subtle hint of spice that lingers, adding depth and intrigue.

On the palate, the 2021 Petrolo Galatrona IGT is a revelation. It is full-bodied and velvety, coating your mouth with its smooth texture. The flavors unfold gracefully, revealing layers of ripe blackberries, blackcurrants, and black cherries. There is a beautiful balance between fruitiness and earthiness, with hints of tobacco, leather, and a touch of mineral undertones.

The tannins are well-integrated, providing structure and elegance to this wine. The finish is long and satisfying, leaving you with a lingering taste of dark fruits and a touch of spice.

This wine is a testament to the skill and artistry of the winemakers at Petrolo. It showcases the true potential of Merlot, the varietal that forms the backbone of this wine. The 2021 Petrolo Galatrona IGT is a wine that demands attention and appreciation. It is a wine that will age gracefully, rewarding those who have the patience to let it develop and evolve over time.

Whether you are a seasoned wine connoisseur or a curious novice, the 2021 Petrolo Galatrona IGT is a wine that deserves a place in your collection. It is a wine that embodies the spirit of Tuscany, with its rich history and tradition of winemaking. So, raise your glass and savor the beauty of this exquisite wine. Cheers!