Made with organic Merlot grapes, the Petrolo 2019 Galatrona is soft and luscious, spreading evenly over the palate with elegance and sweeping intensity. The bouquet shows dark fruit, black cherry and sweet prune. Those dark fruit tones are woven into pretty layers of spice, leather and perfumed tobacco. I like the tight, compact, yet fundamentally rich quality that is part of the mouthfeel in this important vintage. This wine could be considered a bit lighter and more ethereal compared to recent past releases, but I found that all the wines in this batch of new releases go in this same direction.
Drink 2023 - 2045
Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Mar 2022)
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (Aug 2021)
Waves of dried roses on the nose, opening up to cranberry, raspberry, violet and tobacco leaf notes. A distinct personality, savoury and mouthwatering. First time on the Place de Bordeaux for this 3,000 bottle wine from owner Luca Sanjust. 5ha of old vines located in Val d’Arno in the southern part of the Chianti hills. Fermented with wild yeasts in concrete vats with long maceration on the skins.
Drink 2022 - 2036
Jane Anson, Decanter.com (Sept 2021)
About this WINE
Fattoria Petrolo Galatrona
The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.
In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at it best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.