6 July 2010 News, Videos

Petrolo owner Luca Sanjust sits down with Buckley Wineholt of to discuss his philosophy on art, life and, of course, great winemaking, exemplified by Torrione and Galatrona.

Watch the interview in three parts below:

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17 May 2010 News

The Wine Advocate has posted a preview of Antonio Galloni’s Tuscany scores, with some fantastic results for Torrione and Galatrona. Says Galloni, “proprietor Luca Sanjust and his team continue to make some of the most sensual, pleasurable wines in Tuscany. Always intellectually curious, Sanjust continues to push the envelope.”

Petrolo Torrione 2007
“Petrolo’s 2007 Torrione (Sangiovese) is one of the overachievers of the vintage. In a blind tasting it could easily be mistaken for a wine that costs twice as much (trust me on that!). This is simply a marvelous bottle of Tuscan red laced with perfumed red fruits, silky tannins and exceptional overall balance. The minerality and delineation here is nothing short of first class.” 92 Wine Advocate

Petrolo Galatrona 2007
“Petrolo’s 2007 Galatrona (Merlot) is another of the successes of the vintage. It is a dark, seamless Galatrona packed with dark fruit, cassis, minerals and French oak. Despite the wine’s opulence and richness, the fruit retains considerable clarity as well as nuance. Today the French oak is a touch pronounced, but in a few years this dense, plush Merlot from impeccably-farmed hillside vineyards should be firing on all cylinders.” 95+ Wine Advocate

11 March 2010 News, Videos

More fantastic reactions to the Galatrona 2007 from the Tre Bicchieri tastings, this time from Amy and Levi at the VinFolio blog. Amy’s assessment is spot on (though we’re still going to do 2006 v. 2007 tastings 20 years from now).

At the 2010 Tre Bicchieri tasting last week, Levi and I made sure not to miss a Tuscan rarity, the 100% Merlot Petrolo Galatrona. The 2006 version set the bar high, with 95- and 96-point ratings from The Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator, respectively. As 2006 was an extraordinary vintage for the region, this is not surprising. 2007 was a bit more challenging, but, according to Antonio Galloni’s vintage profile, the top producers came away with generous, approachable wines.

Levi’s comments make exactly the right connection. Galatrona really is the Le Pin of Tuscany.

8 March 2010 News

Alder Yarrow of Vinography tastes EVERYTHING at the 2010 Tre Bicchieri tasting in San Francisco and rates the 2007 Galatrona near the top of the heap, with a score between 9 and 9.5. Another amazing showing for Luca Sanjust and his Galatrona!

8 February 2009 News

2009 is looking like a superb vintage at Petrolo, as it does in a number of areas in Europe.  Below is a picture from this past October of harvest in the Boggina vineyard, a Sangiovese plot that forms the heart of Torrione, and from which a special namesake barrel of Sangiovese is produced every year as well.  This vineyard is the site of the original Sangiovese vineyard planted on Petrolo by Luca Sanjust’s grandfather, over half a century ago.