2003 Petrolo Galatrona
16 Ratings
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16 Ratings
2003 Petrolo Galatrona

Wine Details

Vineyard

Petrolo

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

(From 2012 Vintage) The deep, vibrant colour gives way to a fresh, plummy perfume with hints of tobacco. On the palate, the wine has lovely depth yet is lively and sinewy with lovely minerality and fine grained tannins. Similar to the 05, which is now showing brilliantly.

Winemaker's Notes

Appellation: Tuscany IGT First Vintage Year: 1994 Grape Variety: 100% Merlot Climate Conditions: spring progressed normally though early and hot. Summer was suddenly very hot and droughty. This created the need for constant monitoring and selecting grapes with a very low yield per vine plant (about 350 gr. per plant). The intense reduction of grapes in the end allowed for a balanced and complete maturation. The premature harvest (August 20) allowed the whole fruit to be maintained, neither over mature read more...Appellation: Tuscany IGT First Vintage Year: 1994 Grape Variety: 100% Merlot Climate Conditions: spring progressed normally though early and hot. Summer was suddenly very hot and droughty. This created the need for constant monitoring and selecting grapes with a very low yield per vine plant (about 350 gr. per plant). The intense reduction of grapes in the end allowed for a balanced and complete maturation. The premature harvest (August 20) allowed the whole fruit to be maintained, neither over mature or cooked, but rather with a good acidity despite the read more... high pH. Harvest: Galatrona is made from pure Merlot grapes. Despite that 2003 is not an authoritative vintage year for Merlot due to the excessively hot climate that lasted for the whole summer, the premature harvest, the extremely favorable pedoclimatic conditions and the meticulous care of the vines enabled us to obtain surprising results. Vinification: the maceration of the skins lasted for approximately 14 days. The pumping of must over the grape dregs was done with considerable care and very frequently to allow a complete extraction of the skins. The malolactic fermentation took place in barriques, with a rapid outset and regular development. Aging: after the malolactic fermentation, the wine remained in new barriques of French oak for a period of 18 months. During this phase the wine was left for the first 6 months on the fine dregs, paying particular attention to its development. This process allowed for greater complexity. After bottling, the wine began its usual refinement period of about 6 months. Organoleptic Characteristics: Galatrona 2003 has a deep and balanced aroma, and in the mouth its complexity dazzles with hints of very mature red berries neither overripe nor typical, despite the premature harvest. The surprising finish and length keep this wine up to its usual standard of excellence, even in a difficult vintage year for Merlot like 2003. Alcohol Content: 13.80 % vol. Total Acidity: 6.00 g/l Total Dry Extract: 36.90 g/l Polyphenols: 3300 PH: 3.70 (hide)

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Vineyard

Petrolo

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Appellation: Tuscany IGT First Vintage Year: 1994 Grape Variety: 100% Merlot Climate Conditions: spring progressed normally though early and hot. Summer was suddenly very hot and droughty. This created the need for constant monitoring and selecting grapes with a very low yield per vine plant (about 350 gr. per plant). The intense reduction of grapes in the end allowed for a balanced and complete maturation. The premature harvest (August 20) allowed the whole fruit to be maintained, neither over mature read more...Appellation: Tuscany IGT First Vintage Year: 1994 Grape Variety: 100% Merlot Climate Conditions: spring progressed normally though early and hot. Summer was suddenly very hot and droughty. This created the need for constant monitoring and selecting grapes with a very low yield per vine plant (about 350 gr. per plant). The intense reduction of grapes in the end allowed for a balanced and complete maturation. The premature harvest (August 20) allowed the whole fruit to be maintained, neither over mature or cooked, but rather with a good acidity despite the read more... high pH. Harvest: Galatrona is made from pure Merlot grapes. Despite that 2003 is not an authoritative vintage year for Merlot due to the excessively hot climate that lasted for the whole summer, the premature harvest, the extremely favorable pedoclimatic conditions and the meticulous care of the vines enabled us to obtain surprising results. Vinification: the maceration of the skins lasted for approximately 14 days. The pumping of must over the grape dregs was done with considerable care and very frequently to allow a complete extraction of the skins. The malolactic fermentation took place in barriques, with a rapid outset and regular development. Aging: after the malolactic fermentation, the wine remained in new barriques of French oak for a period of 18 months. During this phase the wine was left for the first 6 months on the fine dregs, paying particular attention to its development. This process allowed for greater complexity. After bottling, the wine began its usual refinement period of about 6 months. Organoleptic Characteristics: Galatrona 2003 has a deep and balanced aroma, and in the mouth its complexity dazzles with hints of very mature red berries neither overripe nor typical, despite the premature harvest. The surprising finish and length keep this wine up to its usual standard of excellence, even in a difficult vintage year for Merlot like 2003. Alcohol Content: 13.80 % vol. Total Acidity: 6.00 g/l Total Dry Extract: 36.90 g/l Polyphenols: 3300 PH: 3.70 (hide)

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    drink now but still has a few more years to soften out. beautifully balanced and integrated tannins that still express themselves nicely. Expressive fruit backed up by mocha hints. soft and silky it's going very well with my cured Italian meat pizza.

    over 3 years
Expert Reviews
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2010 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 08/07/2013