2016 Petrolo Galatrona (750ml)

Merlot from Tuscany, Italy

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Merlot sure has become the Tuscan darling. Surely you'll recognize the wines Ornaliaia Masseto ($650) and Tua Rita Redigaffi ($300), and others notable mentions that are indeed Super Tuscans of Merlot - The Pomerol of Italy. Compared with Chateau Le Pin in style and limited production, Galatrona is the 'reasonably' priced' collectible Merlot Super – for now.


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.

98 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - May 2019)

The aromas of dried flowers, stones, dark tea leaves, hot tile, and dark berries. Full-bodied, yet tight and linear. Wonderful drive and depth. An extremely long and focused finish. A great wine. Needs four or five years to come together. Try in 2022.

98 points, James Suckling (Sep 2018)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
46 bottles in stock. Ships in 1 to 2 business days.

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