Petrolo

Torrione 2016

Val d'Arno di Sopra DOC

Torrione marks the beginning of the Petrolo’s quality revolution. It is considered to be the true identity of Petrolo, made with a blend of grapes from all of the estate’s vineyards. With a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Torrione is also in keeping with Tuscan tradition of adding Bordeaux varieties to Sangiovese and instilling a sense of place in the French varieties, lending them a distinctly Tuscan character.

VINEYARD

At an altitude of 820 ft – 1640 ft above sea level, the soil is mostly loam, with variable rocky stratifications of schist, marl and sandstone. EU certified organic farming as of the 2016 vintage. Natural/sustainable farming since 2004. Dry farming, no tillage, total grassing with mulch management, no use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.

WINEMAKING

Manual harvest in crates. Grape selection & sorting table. Natural vinification with native yeasts in concrete vats. Soft and frequent manual pumping over. Skin maceration over 18 days. Aging: 15 months, part in French oak barriques, part in 40 Hl oak barrels and partly in concrete vats.

TASTING NOTE

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?

-James Suckling

Color

Red

Grape Varieties

Merlot, Sangiovese

Appellation

Val d'Arno di Sopra DOC

Farming

Organic

Alcohol

13%

Suggested Retail Price

$35.00

Reviews

Wine & Spirits - "Torrione is a blend of grapes from all of Petrolo’s vineyards. It leads with sangiovese’s lively red berry flavors and raspy tannins, rounded out by plump merlot and some earthy bass notes from cabernet sauvignon. The varieties mingle harmoniously, enlivened by spice notes that draw out the finish."

Wine Spectator - "Fresh earth and graphite aromas lead off in this version, finding its feet with cherry, raspberry, currant and floral notes midpalate. Hints of earth, mineral and tobacco add depth as this plays out on the finish. Shows fine elegance and harmony."

Vinous Media - "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."

James Suckling - "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?”

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