Flaccianello, Cepparello, Le Pergole Torte, Percarlo.....
All wonderful mono-varietal Super Tuscans. All with wonderful price tags. They used to be wines you could stock up on. I remember buying all of the above for under $40 at one point. Thankfully, you can find quality Sangiovese Super Tuscans like these, at a fraction of the price.
Fattoria Petrolo is well known for their stunning, pure Merlot, Galatrona. That wine routine scores 95-99 points from critics and comes with the three digit price to match. The hype is well justified. However, Petrolo also produces a gorgeous Sangiovese called Torrione. I've been a fan of this wine for a long time and remarkably, it has stayed under the radar despite delivering consistent results vintage after vintage. And, as the vines used to make the wine get older, the wine has become even more intensely flavored.
The 2009 Petrolo Torrione may be the best Torrione I've ever tasted. It definitely rivals the 2007 and the 1997. It's intensely aromatic, with flowers, crushed berries, freshly turned warm clay, tobacco and spices. One look at the color of the wine and you're captivating by the violet hues eminating from the dark crimson core. On the palate, the wine is vibrant and lively with a medium to full bodied core of dark berry fruit, accented by tobacco, sage, dried herbs, and new leather. It's a brilliant effort and a delicious wine, and while not inexpensive, it's certainly underpriced for what it is. Put some in your cellar while you can, because in 10 years time, it may very well end up on the list of wines above. 93 points. About $31.
|Fattoria Petrolo Torrione in Center: I did not snap a picture of the wine in glass|