8 November 2013 News

James Suckling released his Top 100 New-Release Italian Wines in 2013. #2 on the list is Petrolo’ s 2011 Galatrona! Suckling gave the 2011 Galatrona 99 points and featured a great video of his visit to Petrolo with Luca Sanjust. Click here to see the full list and watch the video of Petrolo. (subscription required)

Petrolo Galatrona 2011 “This is a phenomenal pure merlot with blueberries, raspberries and hints of milk chocolate. Some nutmeg, too. Full body with very fine yet chewy tannins and a long, intense finish. Reminds me of the amazing 1998. Best ever from here. Needs four or five years of bottle age to soften.” 99 Points James Suckling

20 August 2013 News

Wine critic James Suckling has just posted a video of Petrolo’s Galatrona vineyard, a special site in the southeastern Chianti hills surrounded by a wild ecosystem of forest and olive trees. The site is planted 100% to Merlot grapes for the production of Galatrona, a wine Suckling likens to Le Pin in Pomerol and lists as one of his top 12 collectible wines from Tuscany.

Click on the image below to watch the video!  (subscription only).



5 July 2013 News

James Suckling recently put together a list of 100 of the best Super Tuscan reds so far this summer. Petrolo made the list with 2011 Toscana Bogginanfora, with a 96 point score! This is a brand new release from Petrolo, a version of his top Sangiovese, Boggina, aged in anfora instead of French oak. Suckling’s tasting notes are below:

“A wine with berry, coffee and hints of vanilla. It shows a peach undertone too. Medium-to-full body, with super well-integrated tannins and a clean fruity finish. Such purity in a Sangiovese. This was made in ceramic amphora. Very Burgundian texture to this. Like fine Pinot Noir. From one of the top Merlot producers in Italy. Pure Sangiovese from a single vineyard. A new wine with only a few hundred bottles made. Better in 2015.” 96 Points James Suckling

15 March 2013 News, Videos

Petrolo has just published a great video of the harvest production during September 2012. Click the image below to watch the full video!


19 December 2012 News

James Suckling released a tasting report of his top 100 Italian wines of 2012. He tasted over 3,00 Italian wines throughout the year and for the first time has selected his 100 best. Sandrone and Petrolo both made his list! Sandrone’s Barolo Le Vigne 2008 was given 95 points and Petrolo’s Boggina 2010 and Galatrona 2010 both scored 95 points as well. His tasting notes are below.

2008 Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne “Love the nose of this with freshly cut flowers and berries with just a hint of chiles, cocoa. Full-bodied, with super well-integrated tannins and a subtle fruity palate. The texture is beautiful. Better in 2015.”

2010 Petrolo Toscana Boggina “Very balanced and firm with lovely texture of fine tannins and blueberry, currant character. Full body, with silky tannins and a wonder finish. This tiny production pure Sangiovese shows richness and power with finesse. Such focus and beauty. Hard not to drink now.”

2010 Petrolo Toscana Galatrona “Aromas of black olives, violets and fresh fruit follow through to a full body, with a dense palate of dark fruits and olives. Long and polished. Handmade wine. You sense it. Pure Merlot sensation. Try in 2014.”

19 November 2012 News

The Wine Enthusiast’s Wines of Italy special edition features an insider’s guide to Italy’s Best Wine, Food and Travel. They covered Piedmont, Veneto, Tuscany, Sicily and many other regions of the country.  Among the “Super Tuscan Stars” is Luca Sanjust and the Petrolo winery, with some comments on Galatrona as one of the best wines made in Italy. Click the image below to read the comments!

31 August 2012 News

Luca Sanjust gave us a little insight on the start of their harvest time. Although they had been experiencing a drought recently, they received their first rainfall last week and  expect more rain in the upcoming week.  Luca suggests that the Merlot grapes had not suffered much from the lack of rain and the upcoming rain will be excellent for the Sangiovese grapes as they begin their harvesting. Below are some beautiful photos from Luca himself!

12 June 2012 News

Alder Yarrow, founder, editor and wine blogger of Vinography, attended this year’s Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Tasting.  The famous organization and guide Gambero Rosso, the Italian Wine Bible, awards one, two, or three “Bicchieri” (“glasses”) to wines of exceptional character and quality from the incredibly diverse regions of Italy.  From tens of thousands, there are usually a couple of hundred Tre Bicchieri wines, and every Spring, Gambero Rosso brings many of them to San Francisco for the media, trade, and public to taste.  Among the several wines Yarrow had tasted at the event, Petrolo’s 2009 Galatrona was one them he favored.  He scored this red at the top between 9.5 and 10 points.  His thoughts on Galatrona are below.




2009 Fattoria Petrolo Galatrona, Toscana

“Medium garnet in the glass this wine smells of black cherry and cassis. In the mouth bright juicy cherry and licorice flavors are draped in a blanket of powdery tannins. Flavors of wet dirt emerge in a long finish. Fantastic acidity makes the fruit extremely juicy and bright, and the overall package mouthwatering. Awesome.”






To read the full blog click here.

6 April 2012 News

The first buds of spring in the Boggina Sangiovese vineyard


The 100 year old Sangiovese wines from which Petrolo does their massale selection


Boggina vineyard

The Boggina vineyard, here you make out if you look carefully that there will be only 3 shoots per vine, and eventually only 4 bunches on each shoot will be kept.  Yields are extremely low, in other words.  More specifically, Petrolo has 140,000 plants and produces only 65,000 bottles – less than half a bottle per vine.


You can see from the Galatrona tower, below Petrolo’s highest vineyard (Campo Lusso, 2.5 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc that in part add tiny quantities to Galatrona), the Il Caberlot estate surrounded by cypress trees.  Another cult wine, it confirms the special terroir of Petrolo – there is not another significant producer in the area, but the soils, exposure and altitude of these vineyards are a special little pocket.  Interestingly enough, the Caberlot vineyards used to be part of the Petrolo estate.

Luca's dog Gala (for Galatrona)


Luca on the Galatrona tower


The villa on an incredible spring Tuscan day

The Petrolo villa itself is quite old – it was built in 1725 by Massimo Soldani, an important Italian sculptor who spent his entire career working for the Medicis.  One of his sculptures is at the Met in New York.

17 January 2012 News

Antonio Galloni tweets about Petrolo Olive Oil – “one of his favorites”. Petrolo’s oil is used by, among others, Naked Chef Jamie Oliver, and it has an outstanding reputation.  See here for the full tweet, or just below:

Petrolo 2011 olive oil arrived today, one of my favorites and my first 2011 oil, excited to check it out tonite…