2011 Petrolo "Galatrona" Toscana

SKU #1156069 99 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (11/2013)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (9/2014)

94 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Very intense and inky black, the 2011 Galatrona is a hugely ripe red wine. Fruit was picked on August 25th, which is a record in terms of early harvests at this estate. The bouquet revs up slowly with aromas of scorched earth, blackberry confit, toasted espresso and bitter chocolate. You also get a note of savory mineral or burnt flint that adds contours and definition to that significant intensity. The wine offers trace sweetness on the finish that contributes to the opulence and richness of the overall package. (ML) Inner quote mark (5/2017)

94 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (9/2014)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. (BS) Inner quote mark (1/2014)

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