Petrolo remains one of the most talked about Tuscan estates. It is situated in the Colli Aretini, bordering on the Chianti hills, in an historic area delimited in 1716 by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III de' Medici as one of Tuscany's top four wine producing zones. The Petrolo estate was part of the old medieval fiefdom of 'Galatrona', the old tower ('Torrione') which still remains on top of Roman foundations. Luca Sanjust runs the estate and the vibrancy and intensity of the fruit that he is getting in his wines has brought them some well deserved attention.
The vineyards were planted at the beginning of the 1990s. Yields are low, producing just 500 grams of grapes per vine, which results in a wine with great concentration of flavour. The soil consists of rocky stratifications of galestro, clay-like earth with schist typical of the Apennine areas in Tuscany.
2010 was a great vintage. After a fresh and moderately rainy spring, summer saw favourable conditions lasting well into September. Harvest of Merlot began on the 6th of September. Due to optimum conditions throughout the harvest period, the grapes matured perfectly producing very supple, elegant wines with great finesse and length.
Maceration on the skins lasted approximately 14 days. Regular and frequent pumping over at the beginning of fermentation was carried out to ensure maximum extraction of colour and ripe tannins. Malolactic fermentation took place in new French oak barriques, where the wine aged for 18 months, the first six of which were spent in contact with the fine lees.
A very deep red Merlot. Complex aromas of dark fruits, chocolate, spice and a hint of violets. Silky on the palate thanks to fine tannins, with subtle black olive flavours and a smooth, lingering finish.