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2007 Petrolo - Galatrona

  • 96 WA
  • 98 WS
  • 94 IWC
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SKU: 70129-2007-750-2A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($130; 100% merlot; 18 months in all-new barriques; 14.3% alcohol) Inky black-purple. Spicy black cherry and forest floor aromas are complicated by very intense, pure notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Sweet and fleshy on entry, with nicely balanced milk chocolate and black plum flavors complemented by minerals, herbs and more coffee. Large-scaled and broad on the back end, finishing with peppery yet silky-smooth tannins and a salty edge. This mesmerizing wine will not let go of your palate. Not the most refined version of merlot you'll ever try, but sure to be one of the most impressive.
    Author: Ian D'Agata
    Issue: July/August 2010
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Petrolo's 2007 Galatrona (Merlot) is another of the successes of the vintage. It is a dark, seamless Galatrona packed with dark fruit, cassis, minerals and French oak. Despite the wine's opulence and richness, the fruit retains considerable clarity as well as nuance. Today the French oak is a touch pronounced, but in a few years this dense, plush Merlot from impeccably-farmed hillside vineyards should be firing on all cylinders.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

    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 PActrus. A stunning Merlot.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Segla
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Initially very tight, but opened up beautifully with a little time and air. Less acidity than many Tuscans. Great with food but also a good sipping wine.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
  • Self | Rating: 97

    This has a great inky color, with aromas of blackberry, and toasty oak. Medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannins and amazing flavors of black currants, dark chocolate and toast. The tannins are fading so it no longer lasts on the finish. I would drink it now.
    Author: Litig8tr

The rolling hills of Tuscany are home to ancient vines that grew wild long before modern times. Sangiovese is the variety of the region's best-known wines, Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti. In recent years, “Super Tuscans"—blends including non-native Bordeaux varieties—have gained in popularity and acclaim. The region's Mediterranean climate, with its warmer average temperatures, provides ideal conditions for the development of rich, structured, and age-worthy wines. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 259 bottles owned
  • 46 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 46 collectors)