94

Fattoria Petrolo Toscana Galatrona 1997

$50

Opulent, with ripe black cherry, plum, fruitcake, chocolate, leather and truffle flavors. Still fresh and fruity, if softer than the '94, this pushes the limit of ripeness yet is very pleasurable. This still has a dusting of tannins. Non-blind Petrolo Galatrona vertical (November 2021). Drink now through 2030. 250 cases made.

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98 Dark ruby. Opulent aromas of meat, berry, currant and raspberry, with hints of warm stones. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins, yet chewy and prevalent. Loads of fruit. Fresh and very young. This still needs time to mellow. A massive wine. The first of the great Galatrona. Pure Merlot magic.--1997 Italian blind retrospective. Best after 2011. 250 cases made. —JS

94 A big and juicy Merlot, with loads of blackberry, cherry and mint as well as new oak character and hints of tar. Full-bodied, with full, polished tannins. Voluptuous and sexy, but needs time to calm down. Best after 2000. 250 cases made. —JS

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Wine Type and Color

Red Still

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Merlot

Merlot is one of the most important Bordeaux varieties along with Cabernet Sauvignon. It's fleshier and ripens earlier than Cabernet, resulting in softer wines with plush tannins and fruit. Bordeaux is the grape's native home, where it's the dominant grape in Right Bank appellations like Pomerol and St.-Emilion and plays a supportive role on the Left Bank. It has also gained an international presence, with a notable boom in California in the mid-1990s, both as a single-variety wine and as part of a blend. While France and California are the most important growers of Merlot, versions from Italy, Australia, Washington, New York and more are worth seeking out.

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Fattoria Petrolo Toscana Galatrona 1997

Opulent, with ripe black cherry, plum, fruitcake, chocolate, leather and truffle flavors. Still fresh and fruity, if softer than the '94, this pushes the limit of ripeness yet is very pleasurable. This still has a dusting of tannins. Non-blind Petrolo Galatrona vertical (November 2021). Drink now through 2030. 250 cases made.

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98 Dark ruby. Opulent aromas of meat, berry, currant and raspberry, with hints of warm stones. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins, yet chewy and prevalent. Loads of fruit. Fresh and very young. This still needs time to mellow. A massive wine. The first of the great Galatrona. Pure Merlot magic.--1997 Italian blind retrospective. Best after 2011. 250 cases made. —JS

94 A big and juicy Merlot, with loads of blackberry, cherry and mint as well as new oak character and hints of tar. Full-bodied, with full, polished tannins. Voluptuous and sexy, but needs time to calm down. Best after 2000. 250 cases made. —JS

Details

Wine Type and Color

Red Still

Magazine Issue

Web Only - 2022

Summary

Grape

Merlot

Merlot is one of the most important Bordeaux varieties along with Cabernet Sauvignon. It's fleshier and ripens earlier than Cabernet, resulting in softer wines with plush tannins and fruit. Bordeaux is the grape's native home, where it's the dominant grape in Right Bank appellations like Pomerol and St.-Emilion and plays a supportive role on the Left Bank. It has also gained an international presence, with a notable boom in California in the mid-1990s, both as a single-variety wine and as part of a blend. While France and California are the most important growers of Merlot, versions from Italy, Australia, Washington, New York and more are worth seeking out.

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