2007 Petrolo Galatrona (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1052460

98 points Wine Spectator: This has a great color, with fabulous aromas of crushed blackberry, violet, toasty oak and black olive. Full-bodied, with powerful, ripe tannins and amazing flavors of blueberry, dark chocolate and toast. Lasts for minutes on the palate. Reminds me of the 1989 Pétrus. A stunning Merlot. Best after 2012." (10/2009) From a "Grade A" vintage (Wine Spectator), the Galatrona is powerful and structured, more reminiscent of a fine St-Emilion or Pomerol than a California Merlot or, frankly, even something from Italy. It shows dark black fruit with earth, volcanic rock, black tea and Chinese Five Spice integrated on the nose and palate. The 2007 seems capable of aging effortlessly for at least a decade, and can easily compete with some of the world's best Merlot-based offerings, including other top notch Super Tuscans. (Alex Pross, K&L Wine Merchants) Late Dec. 2009/Early Jan. 2010.

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Varietal:

Merlot

- 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.
Country:

Italy

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan