2012 Petrolo "Galatrona" Toscana

SKU #1189630 96 points James Suckling

 Very racy and refined with bright acidity and a blueberry and dark-chocolate character. Love the interplay of acidity and ripe fruit. Minerals and dark fruits, too. Very Pomerol. Pure Merlot.  (10/2014)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Ripe and jammy aromas emerge from the bouquet of the 2012 Galatrona. This pure expression of Merlot remains sharp and delineated overall, but the extra time in the bottle has given prominence to the wine's inherently fruity side. The 2012 growing season was characterized by intense heat that lasted three weeks in August. The harvest came earlier as a result and crews went out to pick fruit on September 7th. This is a soft and deeply succulent wine with sweet cherry, blackberry, spice and marked aromas of balsam herb or rosemary twig. Some dried prune and raisin appears on the close. (ML)  (5/2017)

93 points Vinous

 Deep ruby-red. Slightly subdued nose evokes blueberry nectar, incense and candied flowers, with hints of plums macerated in coffee and rum. Sweet blackberry and dark red cherry flavors show impressive focus and energy, with a sexy minty nuance emerging with aeration. Asian spices build on the long, juicy finish, which is softer than that of the 2013 Galatrona and is gently framed by the harmonious tannins. (ID)  (9/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Black currant, black cherry, herb and spice notes combine in this aromatic, vibrant and rich red. There's grip on the finish, which echoes the youthful fruit and spice flavors. (BS, Web-2015)

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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