2008 Petrolo "Torrione" Toscana (Elsewhere $40)
Torrione (100% Sangiovese from eastern Tuscany) shows impressively bright and clean cherry flavors with background nuances of dark fruit, plum, spice and delicate touches of tobacco and leather. It’s a beautiful wine that shows the best side of this native Italian grape.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Torrione emerges from the glass with red cherries, plums, leather and tobacco. The wine possesses excellent up-front fleshiness and roundness, but the aromas are already a touch forward and some of the persistence drops off on the finish. My impression is that this will be a relatively early maturing vintage. Sadly, Torrione is no longer the screaming value it once was. Torrione is predominantly Sangiovese, but in 2008 Luca Sanjust gave the wine a little bit more Merlot than is typically the case, plus 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2016. Proprietor Luca Sanjust and his team did a terrific job with these 2008s considering the challenging nature of the year. The summer was cool and damp, which resulted in medium-bodied wines with less of the sheer stuffing of years like 2006 and 2007 but exceptional overall balance.
The blackberry flavor borders on jammy, with hints of tobacco, earth and mineral lurking underneath, along with pointed tannins. I like the balance to this, with a fresh finish of black currant and mineral. Sangiovese. Best from 2012 through 2018.