Fattoria Petrolo Galatrona 2007 vs. Chateau La Violette 2009

Petrolo Galatrona 2007 (4.9/5)


Integrity5
Balance4.5
Complexity5
Persistence5
Hedonism5

Notes: It appears deep purple nearly black with very good legs. On the nose it's clean offering, with med+ intensity, notes of blackberries and black cherries, a bit marked oak/cedar, floral violets, earth and savoury accents that mark it as "Tuscan" saving this modern beauty from betraying its terroir. On the palate is dry, with med/med+ acidity, med/med+ (well structured voluptuous) tannins, med+ alcohol, med+ to full body. Very balanced (although oak may need couple of years more to fully integrate), velvety and complex, with pronounced flavor intensity on the rich mid palate and a very long finish.   Outstanding quality, Drink Now but will keep developing, Premium Price, 100% Merlot, Colli Aretini, Tuscany, Italy.


Chateau La Violette 2009  (4.8/5)

Integrity4.5
Balance5
Complexity4.5
Persistence5
Hedonism5

Notes: It appears opaque black/bluish  with very good legs. On the nose it's clean offering med+ notes of violets and blueberries, camphor, caramel and a touch of cedar. On the palate is dry, with med/med+ acidity, med+ (tightly woven but velvety) tannins, med+ alcohol, med+ to full body, great flavor intensity, substantial mid palate and very long finish. It's more a blockbuster than Galatrona, but still shows great balance and freshness and, although I'm note sure this speaks Pomerol, you can definitely say it comes from Old World.  
Outstanding quality, Drink now but will keep developing, Premium Price, 100% Merlot, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France.


These wines are two great examples of how far you can push Merlot in terms of complexity and depth. Maybe traditionalists will hate this style of wine, but both of them represent undoubtedly a compelling offer.  

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