Fantastic aromas of black olives, meat and berries with hints of violets. Complex. Full-bodied, velvety and long. Gorgeous and powerful Merlot. Blockbuster. This could be the wine of the vintage. 650 cases made.
Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91
The 2003 Galatrona opens with a huge super-ripe nose. It is a big, plump effort packed with ripe red fruit, chocolate, tar, leather and scorched earth notes on an expansive, sumptuous frame. Today it does not appear to be built for the long haul and my impression is that it will offer its best drinking relatively early.
A top Tuscan Merlot that could be called 'a poor man?s Masseto,? considering it offers an outstanding example of quality Merlot at nearly a third the price. The nose conjures up images of toasty oak, mocha laced cherries, BBQ spice, licorice, leather and spicy vanilla. The wine is very reserved, but more structured and riper than just about any domestic American Merlot you?ll ever taste. Still in need of at least 2 more years before it really struts its stuff