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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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