2008 Petrolo "Torrione" Toscana (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1123162 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (4/2011)

91 points 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.  (8/2011)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (5/2011)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/11/2013 | Send Email
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I drank a bottle of this recently with some Becker Lane pork chops, this wine is just beautiful. Pure Sangiovese aged in barrique, supple, warm, ripe fruit, great length and balance, just a pleasure to drink. The classic ripe cherry/plum fruit flavors just sing and there is nothing like Sangiovese and pork! Especially when it is Becker Lane.
Drink from 2013 to 2020

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


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Super Tuscan