PETROLO, TORRIONE, VAL D'ARNO DI SOPRA
TUSCANY, ITALY 2016
There are a lot of great wines and there are a lot of value wines, but the two categories don’t too often coincide. Today’s feature—which knocks it out of the park of both categories—comes from Tuscan cult winery Petrolo and made James Suckling’s “100 Best Wines Under $30” earlier this year. A Super Tuscan style, the 2016 Torrione is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from Petrolo’s estate vineyard holdings across Val d’Arno di Sopra. As of this vintage, all Petrolo’s vineyards are EU-certified organic and all grapes are handpicked and sorted, which is incredible for a wine at this price point. The wine is flat-out delicious: it’s full-bodied but with characteristic Sangiovese acidity adding freshness, with notes of dried cherry, raspberry, and exotic spice. The tannins are silky and give the wine a firm, but seamless, structure.
Though Val d’Arno di Sopra, also known as Valdarno di Sopra, has a storied history of fine wine production, it was only established as its own DOC in 2011. The region borders Chianti Classico and has long been a source of quality native and foreign grapes, especially for Sangiovese-based blends. Petrolo’s philosophy of biodiversity and natural balance within their vineyards has contributed to their well-earned reputation as a source of some of the purest fruit within Tuscany that always showcases distinct identity. Luca Sanjust, who manages the winery today, was an accomplished painter when he decided to return home to run his family’s wine estate in the early 80s. Regarding his path from art to wine, he said “an artist has to dedicate his whole being and 100 percent of his time to his art. I was faced with the question: Art or wine? I chose wine.” In fact, I see the 2016 Torrione as art in itself: it has a definite sense of place and time and a beautiful story to tell. With a price tag under $30, it’s a hard deal to pass up.
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