2011 Petrolo "Galatrona" Toscana

SKU #1156069 99 points James Suckling

 This is a phenomenal pure Merlot with blueberries, raspberries and hints of milk chocolate. Some nutmeg, too. Full body with very fine yet chewy tannins and a long, intense finish. Reminds me of the amazing 1998. Best ever from here. Needs four or five years of bottle age to soften.  (11/2013)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Galatrona is an immense and profound wine with great fruit intensity and lovely layers of richness and opulence. Galatrona is a pure expression of Merlot and is one of the best interpretations of the wine made anywhere on earth. What sets it apart is its Tuscan personality. In addition to soft cherry and blackberry, you get Mediterranean herb, tobacco and polished leather. The warmth of the 2011 vintage has succeeded in adding extra padding and textural richness to the wine. The tannins are luscious, soft and very smooth. (ML)  (9/2015)

95 points Vinous

 Petrolo's 2011 Galatrona is just as impressive this year as it was last year. A vivid, voluptuous wine, the 2011 literally jumps from the glass, showing superb intensity, power and depth. Mocha, black cherries, smoke, tobacco and leather are some of the many notes that inform this drop-dead gorgeous, extroverted Galatrona. The style is overt and unabashedly ripe, but all the elements are in the right place. Galatrona fans will adore the 2011. What a gorgeous wine this is. (AG)  (9/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good full ruby. Dark plum, mocha, aromatic herbs, minerals and spicy oak on the nose. Sweet, pliant and inviting, with ripe but very refined flavors of flinty black cherry, plum, mocha and menthol complicated by dried flowers. Finishes extremely long, with exceptional balance, lingering flint and coffee nuances, and sweet, building tannins. Very dense and concentrated but there's nothing over the top about this remarkably elegant wine. One of Italy's greatest Merlots and an exceptional showing in a rather hot year, something that Merlot doesn't normally take a shine to. (ID)  (9/2014)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Round and packed with violet, black currant, cherry, mineral and spice flavors, this red is polished, lent support by dense tannins. The spice and toast accents linger on the extended aftertaste. Merlot. Best from 2016 through 2026.  (1/2014)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 The Bazzocchi-Sanjust family planted 7.5 acres of Merlot in 1990 at their estate in Chianti Colli Aretini, across the southeastern border of Chianti Classico. Those vines produced a supple 2011, enriched by 18 months of aging in new French oak. The oak brings coffee, chocolate and cinnamon notes to the wine, and emphasizes its plush texture. Lively red plum fruit lasts beyond it, suggesting the wine will age well.  (4/2014)

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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Super Tuscan