2007 Petrolo Galatrona (Pre-Arrival)
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.