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30 January 2018 Feature, News, Videos

22nd January 2018 News

Petrolos’ 2015 Torrione was highlighted as one of “10 Exceptional Tuscan Values” in a recent write-up in Wine Spectator. Below is an excerpt and review of the wine. Click here to read the full article!

“The good news for fans of Tuscan reds is that the newest vintages on the market are from two excellent back-to-back harvests: 2015 and 2016. The former was hot and dry, with well-timed rain at the end of July and mid-August, resulting in ripe, lush wines from Sangiovese.

PETROLO Val d’Arno di Sopra Torrione 2015 Score: 91 | $33
This is lean and taut, with cherry, leather, tobacco, earth and iron flavors. Leans to the dry side in the end, but has depth and character. Turns more elegant and complex with air. Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2019 through 2025. 700 cases imported.”

6 June 2017 News

The Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner published a feature on the Tuscan wine region of Val d’Arno di Sopra, ending with this hilarious (yet somehow classic!) photo of Petrolo proprietor, Luca Sanjust, standing at the top of the Galatrona tower during an electric storm.

The piece is the latest in a four-part series on appellations that were originally recognized and delimited as high-quality wine regions by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo III de Medici, in 1716. Luca and his family have long been at the forefront of a movement to have Val d’Arno di Sopra officially established as a DOC, which came to pass in 2011. The article makes some interesting points about the region (its similarities to Chianti, focus on organic farming, etc), and highlights a string of amazing scores from several recent vintages of Galatrona. Click here to download a PDF.

30 January 2017 News

James Suckling selected Petrolo for a “producer spotlight” feature! See below for an excerpt.

“Artist Luca Sanjust gave up his studio in Rome for a winery in the hills of Tuscany about 50km southeast of Florence. In the mid-1990s, he began making precise, heartfelt wines on his small estate. Today, his single-vineyard sangiovese, Boggina, and his pure merlot, Galatrona, are some of the most coveted wines from the region. He also just released a tiny-production white this year with the help of Burgundy negociant Lucien Le Moine. Sanjust believes his Galatrona proves that Tuscany has a distinctive style of merlot, very different from Bordeaux or anywhere else. His Boggina sangiovese also shows a distinct style and character, and he makes a few thousand bottles of it in amphorae. Also a knockout is his tiny-production pure cabernet sauvignon from mountain vineyards, Campo Lusso. Everything this artist-turned- winemaker does seems to turn to gold, or at least high ratings. —James Suckling, CEO/Editor”

Click here to see and read all of the reviews

23 December 2016 News

The new issue of Somm Journal includes a nice piece on the recognition of four historically celebrated zones in Chianti: Pomino, Val d’Arno di Sopra, Chianti Rufina and Carmignano (“A Celebration in Chianti”). Luca Sanjust is quoted in the section about Val d’Arno di Sopra, which recognizes Petrolo as the region’s best producer. Click here to see the mention.

12 December 2016 News

Decanter reports on a Super Tuscan master class called the Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter, led by noted Italian wine critic Ian d’Agata. D’Agata discussed the birth of the Super Tuscan movement, and notes that “in my view, the likes of Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Gratamacco and Petrolo’s Galatrona and Redigaffi can comfortably compete with the best of Bordeaux.” Click here to read the full article!

8 September 2016 News

Italian wine guru Ian d’Agata (of Vinous Media), published an in-depth feature yesterday on Petrolo’s Galatrona, including tasting notes on an entire vertical of the wine, spanning vintages 1998 through 2012. He calls it “one of Italy’s most famous and best Merlots,” going into detail about the miniscule yields (just over 1 pound per vine) and the intriguing story of how came Merlot to be planted there in the first place. Below is an excerpt.

“Galatrona is one of Italy’s most famous and best Merlots. In fact, with few exceptions, it is Italy’s Merlots that have reached the highest pinnacles of quality amongst wines made with international grapes. Clearly, no international grape variety in Italy can boast four monovariety wines of the caliber of Masseto, L’Apparita, Redigaffi and Messorio. Galatrona, from the picturesque Fattoria di Petrolo estate, located just outside the Chianti Classico zone near Montevarchi, is right up there with the best of them in most vintages.”

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27 August 2015 News

Petrolo’s Inarno 2012 was selected as a “Wine of the Week” in the Dallas Morning News! Below is an excerpt. Click here to read the full article.

“The 2012 Inarno is the inaugural vintage from the Petrolo estate in Tuscany. It is a traditional style, unoaked, 100 percent sangiovese. The fruit is bright, red cherry and strawberry with hints of dried herbs beginning to show cedary, cigar-box aromas with three years in the bottle. It’s medium bodied and lively on the palate, with citrusy acidity and well-integrated tannins. That acidity makes it a great companion for tomato-based sauces on pasta or pizzas.”


26 September 2014 News

James Suckling released his top 100 releases from Tuscany in 2014. Among the top wines in his report are Petrolo’s Galatrona 2012, Bogginanafora 2012, Boggina 2012 and Campolusso 2011, Petrolo’s tiny production pure cabernet sauvignon. The 2011 releases from Le Macchiole are also featured.

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18 July 2014 News

Petrolo sent out a newsletter this week about its recent conversion to organic farming. After 20 years of organically farming their olive groves, they have decided to follow the same approach in the vineyards.

Below is an excerpt:

Grass management has an important role in regulating the presence of substances and moisture in the soil. The grass cut and left on the ground becomes a true natural fertilizer, produces micro and macroelements necessary to plants and to the soil itself.

“In wet periods, grass absorbs water and thus regulates the moisture in the ground ensuring the right balance between dry and wet matter. The coexistence of herbaceous and woody plants creates a self maintained natural balance; the vineyards keep healthy and consistent, same as the olive trees. This balance also affects the organoleptic characteristics of the olive oil and the wine with an increased number of polyphenols and higher intensity of flavours.”

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