2020 Petrolo Val D'Arno di Sopra Torrione BIO

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Type of Wine Red
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Appellation Toscana
Winery Petrolo
Year 2020
Grape Merlot
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2023 - 2032
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Petrolo is the definition of a cult winery, with an owner and a story that helped create its legendary status. Although virtually unknown even in the world of wine, the Valdarno di Sopra appellation dates back to the days of the Medici family during the Renaissance, and the area has always been known for the viticultural potential of the small area of Tuscany near Chianti, where it is located. Over the last fifteen years, Petrolo has established itself as one of the great wineries of Tuscany and Italy and is particularly known for producing wines with a distinct regional identity.

The Torrione marks the beginning of the Petrolo's quality revolution. It is considered 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 also fits into the Tuscan tradition of adding Bordeaux varieties to Sangiovese. French varieties but with a clear Tuscan character. The vineyard is located around 500 meters on a terrain with mainly loamy soil with a mix of slate, marl and sandstone. The wine is EU organic certified since 2016. and natural / sustainable farming since 2004 so no use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. The Torrione is a blend of 75% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

After the manual picking with a first selection in the vineyard, the natural vinification takes place with native yeasts in concrete barrels. Skin maceration for 18 days with spontaneous malolactic fermentation in oak barrels. The aging takes place for 15 months, partly in French barriers of 40hl and partly in concrete barrels.

The 2019 can be compared to the great 2016 and 2018 vintage with a very favorable year for viticulture. In keeping with typical Tuscan weather, the winter was cold enough with abundant rainfall followed by a normal spring, while the summer was warmer than normal on average, but not extremely, allowing the soil to retain its moisture content. These conditions maintained healthy and balanced growth and extremely good ripening of grapes. The harvest started with Merlot in the first week of September, followed by Sangiovese in the second week of September over a period of about 14 days. The harvest ended in early October with Cabernet Sauvignon from Petrolo's highest altitude vineyard, Campo Lusso. This elegant powerhouse is full of aromas of dried flowers, dried berries, cherries and hints of minerals. Full, very firm and silky with an intense underlying beautiful acidity and a nice aftertaste. Only open a first bottle in 2022 and let it breathe nicely and then it will be fun.

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The 2019 vintage has received 95/100 Suckling. The highest scores ever for this wine"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." WINE SPECTATOR 92/100

"Dried herbs on the nose, together with blackberry and cherry. Bright and complex in the mouth with flavors of dark chocolate, dark fruits and some dried herbs." DECANTER 92/100

"The bouquet opens to ripe cherry and dried raspberry with moist earth, exotic spice and chewing tobacco. The wine is plush and rich with a hint of that tangy Sangiovese acidity on the close." ROBERT PARKER 93/100

romas 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. 95/100 Suckling

Vineyard for 2020 Petrolo Val D'Arno di Sopra Torrione BIO

Petrolo is located in the Vald'Arno di Sopra. This part of Chianti, largely covered with forests, has always been cultivated with vineyards and olive groves as the only crops that fit well in this land. An area with a long history and an ancient vocation in the production of great wines. We find traces of this in 1716 when Cosimo III de Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, declared with an edict which areas had the most valuable productions of fine wine and quality olive oil. This edict recognized 4 areas, Chianti center (between Panzano and Greve), Carmignano (west of Florence), Pomino (east of Florence) and the Val d'Arno di Sopra (the western and eastern hills along the river Arno between Florence and Arezzo, where Petrolo belongs).

This vocation was confirmed a century later in 1834 by agronomist Giorgio Perrin, owner of Petrolo and member of the Accademia dei Gergofili of Florence. He celebrates Sangiovese and this land, especially that place called Campo Asciutto (now Bòggina), explaining how it was customary at that time to plant "French grapes" in Chianti to combine with Sangiovese, thanks to a soil that manages different varieties.

The estate was taken over in the 1940s by the Bazzocchi family who continued the tradition of carefully producing high quality wines with utmost dedication. The idiosyncrasies of this area add to its value; the land of Petrolo, where vineyards, olive groves and forests coexist and together with the soil form a rich ecosystem that contributes to a perfect balance between the different grape varieties.

The beautiful territory of Petrolo, in a constant balance between nature and the careful work of man, has allowed the creation of great wine and precious olive oil since ancient times.

The Petrolo vineyards extend over 31 hectares in the DOC Val d'Arno di Sopra appellation, bordering the southeastern Chianti Classico area. The vineyards are located at an altitude between 250 and 450 meters above sea level. and grow on moderately loose soil with a different mix of rocks such as marl, sandstone and slate, typical of the Chianti area. They trained about 5500 plants per hectare to produce a very low yield of about 20-25 Hl per hectare for a total of 650-700 Hl of wine.

The composition of the soil, the altitude and the exposure are among the most important elements that help to obtain wines with a distinct character. Everything else is tuned by passion and by the ability to listen to what the earth is learning every day.

San Marco

This 3 ha Sangiovese vineyard was planted over 45 years ago, part of it was replanted in the early 90s. From San Marco we produce the Torrione.


The vineyard extends over 3 ha and was planted in 1990. Galatrona is the first Merlot vineyard that Petrolo has planted. The Galatrona wine has been produced from this vineyard since the very first bottling.


Part of the Galatrona vineyard, it was planted in the 90s and extends over about 5 ha. Made almost entirely from Merlot plants, the vineyard contains a few experiments of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The grapes are intended for the production of Galatrona.


One of Petrolo's Sangiovese vineyards produces for Torrione. Casariccio extends over 2 ha.


One of the winery's oldest vineyards with over 45 years of history. Some of his plants could very well be from the pre-philloxera period. Lecceta is only planted with Sangiovese for Torrione.


This vineyard also produces for Torrione, extends over 2 ha and is planted with Sangiovese and Colorino.


The 1 ha vineyard with Merlot, located in the area dominated by the Watchtower of Galatrona, surrounded by the estate's woods in a spectacular location.


The winery's historic vineyard, planted in 1947 by Gastone Bazzocchi, father and grandfather of the owners who currently run the estate. The vineyard has always been the backbone and heart of Torrione, from 2006 the middle rows are selected for the production of the Bòggina wine, the cru of Sangiovese by Petrolo.

Vigna della Torre (Campo Lusso)

This high-density vineyard extends over about half a hectare, with about 5000 gobelet-trained plants (bush system), just below the old medieval watchtower of Galatrona, just under 500 m above sea level. The vineyard is located on beautiful natural terraces overlooking the Natural Park of the Chianti Hills recently produced for our cru of pure Cabernet Sauvignon, the Campolusso.


Beautiful vineyard of 1 ha planted near the tower of Galatrona in the middle of the woods. Sangiovese, producing for the Torrione.


Experimental vineyard, mainly Sangiovese for the Torrione, planted in collaboration with the province of Arezzo and the University of Agriculture of Milan (followed in particular by Prof. Scienza) and the CRA (Council for Research and Experiments for Agriculture, based in Milan).


2 ha of vineyard produces Merlot for the Torrione.


Part of the Galatrona vineyard of about 1.5 ha, planted with Merlot for the Galatrona.

We at Petrolo, winegrowers in the Vald'Arno di Sopra, disciples of Nepo da Galatrona, by tradition, culture and education Heraclitian, Dyonysian-Epicurian-Lucretian, Hermetic-Fician, Leonardesque Neo-Platonic and Giorgionesque Neo-Aristotelian, Romantics and Revolutionaries, we believe that God is in all things, and that the earth itself is God; and that everything is fertile, vital, wet, crackling, lush. And that man, through his divine element, is connected to heaven, and occupies in all things and in all places the core of the branched and highly complex configuration of animal and vegetable beings: the heart of that infinite affinity of all things which Universe is -World. And we winemakers, men and women who rush into the future with leaps and bounds, return to the original and the old, believing that the revelation of the world's breath was silent and just being still and listening to nature, as it intermittently appears, occult and enigmatic, shimmering like flashes of memory, leading us to dynamic future ways of wine from within, from top to bottom, from the future to the past. And we believe that wine, a great wine, is the poetic alchemical metamorphosis of nature into culture. And that only by having a light hand and a soft heart, we are sometimes able to bend nature to our feelings, humanize it and make it more beautiful, like a reality imagined in a dream. Wine is nature as dreamed by man, thus enhanced by sentiment; a wine that is great, a great wine, is nature transformed; which only at the moment of drinking elevates itself and its natural essence, as it immediately arouses desire and memories. All nature is in wine, but wine is not just nature. (Luca Sanjust, translation by Burton Anderson)

More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Appellation Toscana
Winery Petrolo
Grape Merlot
Biological certified Yes
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Year 2020
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2032
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
James Suckling rating 93
Tasting Profiles Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit, Tannines
Drink moments Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch
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