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21 November 2011 News

On August 20, 2011, wine critic Antonio Galloni talks of his travels in Tuscany on ¬†Galloni had the chance to taste the grapes and walk through three great Merlot vineyards.¬† Check out his comments on Petrolo’s Galatrona in his post below.

“On Thursday Tua Rita was harvesting the last of their old vine Merlot for Redigaffi. We will have a video up in a few days. Further north in Bolgheri (about 45 mins away by car) I walked through several of the Merlot parcels at Ornellaia used for Masseto. Here the fruit was much more backward and probably won’t be picked for another 3-4 weeks. It is amazing how different the raw fruit is in these vineyards and in the various sub-parcels. You could spend an entire lifetime trying to understand the subtleties.

Yesterday I traveled to Petrolo, where I tasted a number of samples of Merlot right off the vine. The fruit showed wonderful density and staying power on the palate. Proprietor Luca Sanjust told me the fruit is about a week away from being ready.

So far the fruit is looking good, but it is an early harvest, even by recent standards.¬†-Antonio Galloni”