2016 Petrolo Torrione Val d'Arno di Sopra

Year: 2016
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 93
Vinous Media: 91
James Suckling: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$23.95

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"This is elegant, offering cherry, plum, tobacco, leather and earth flavors, backed by lively acidity. Harmonious and long, echoing the leather and tobacco elements, with a hint of mineral. Sangiovese. Drink now through 2028. -B.S." (WS)

"Petrolo's Torrione is quite pretty and gracious in 2016. Aromatically expressive and pliant, this Sangiovese-based entry-level offering has a lot to offer. Dollops of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon round out this juicy Sangiovese-based blend." (VM)

"Aromas of dried flowers, dried berries, cherries and hints of stones. Full-bodied, very firm and silky. An intense underlying energy of acidity and a lovely finish. 75% sangiovese, 20% merlot and 5% cabernet sauvignon. One of the best ever? Drink in 2020." (JS)

Winery Notes:
Named for old fortified tower overlooking the estate, Torrione is made primarily from Sangiovese grapes (80%), both those that come from historic vines of the '70s and ones more recently planted with high density. The yield per plant is notably restricted (max 2.5 lbs per vine plant), allowing a concentration of all the noble components of the grape, fundamental for the full-bodied character of this wine. The maceration on the skins lasts for more than 14 days. Malolactic fermentation takes place partly in French barrels of 225 liters, partly in 40 Hl oak barrels, and partly in enameled cement vats. The wine then is aged in French oak barriques, one third new, for approximately 15 months. During this phase the wine is left for 6 months on the fine lees, allowing it to achieve greater complexity.