2018 Petrolo Torrione Val d'Arno di Sopra

Year: 2018
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%

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"This is such a fun edition of this wine with a fluttering heart sketched onto the front label. I imagine that the heart could be dedicated to proprietor Luca Sanjust's rambunctious mother who recently passed away. Made with organic fruit, the Petrolo 2018 Val d'Arno di Sopra Torrione is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine opens to a dark and rich appearance with punchy aromas of tart cherry and wild berry. Warm aromas of tobacco, spice and cedar wood appear gradually as the wine opens in the glass. An ample 50,000 bottles and 1,500 magnums were produced." (WA)

"Petrolo's 2018 Torrione is fabulous. Deep, inky and generous, the 2018 packs a serious punch. Ripe dark red fruit, chocolate, spice, leather and tobacco are all kicked up a few notches, with sweet floral top notes that add aromatic lift. The 2018 is an especially boisterous Torrione, with all the elements in the right place. In a word: delicious." (VM)

"A red with plenty of blackberry, black-olive, floral and oyster-shell character. It’s full-bodied, yet layered, extremely polished and beautiful. A dusty texture. Hazelnut and walnut undertones. From organically grown grapes. A little more merlot and cabernet sauvignon in the blend. Gorgeous now, but better after 2021 and onwards." (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.