2018 Petrolo Torrione
2018 Petrolo Torrione Straddles a Bordeaux character with Tuscan leanings of wild herbs, tar and underbrush flanking the core of black currant, blackberry and pencil shaving flavors. It’s firm and long, with a muscular grip on the finish.
Valdarno di Sopra
Valdarno di Sopra, alternatively written as “Val d’Arno di Sopra”, is one of Italy’s newer, and smaller DOC titles. It was introduced in the summer of 2011, and covers a section of the Arno Valley in the Arezzo province of eastern Tuscany.
Only around 11,000 cases of wine were produced under the DOC in 2017. Its most famous producer is Petrolo, whose Gallatrona cuvée is one of Tuscany’s most sought after Merlots.A wide range of wine styles are permitted. The rules for these are rather complex. A standard Bianco blend must feature 40-80 percent Chardonnay, a maximum 30 percent Malvasia Bianca Lunga and 20 percent Trebbiano Toscano. Other white grapes may account for up to 30 percent.
The rules are different for Bianco wines from either of the DOC’s two subzones (see below). A Pietraviva or Pratomango Bianco must feature 40-80 percent Sauvignon Blanc and can feature up to 30 percent Chardonnay and the same amount of other permitted white grapes.
Varietal wines for the general DOC may be made from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, the main three Bordeaux red varieties, and Syrah and Sangiovese. Malvasia Bianca Lugna, Malvasia Nera, Canaiolo Nero and Pugnitello may be used for wines from the two subzones. Varietal Ciliegiolo may come from Petraviva only.
Rosso blends and varietal Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese may gain riserva status. The wines must be aged for at least two years, of which six months or more must be in barrel. Sweet passito wines may be classified under the general DOC. These must be made from 40-80 percent Malavasia Bianca Lunga. Vendemmia tardiva (late harvest) wines are also allowed in the Pietraviva zone only, majoring on the same variety.
The DOC also allows for sparkling white wines based on Chardonnay, and Rosato counterparts. The latter must be made from a range of red grapes, with no white varieties allowed.