A Retrospective of Petrolo’s Galatrona (with proprietor Luca Sanjust): An Iconic Merlot from the Heart of Tuscany

03 March 2018 | 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM GMT-7
The City Club of San Francisco, Library 9th Floor
155 Sansome St
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Monica Larner
Wine Advocate Reviewer
Monica Larner is a wine critic and author based in Rome. She is the Italian Reviewer for The Wine Advocate and RobertParker.com, the bimonthly wine publication and website founded by wine critic, Robert Parker. In 2003, Larner was selected to be the very first dedicated Italian wine editor for Wine Enthusiast. She is also a two-time winner of the Best Young Journalist of the Year (2008, 2010), one of the top honors given out yearly at the VinItaly exposition. In 2012, Larner won Best International Journalist also presented by the Comitato Grandi Cru d'Italia panel at VinItaly. Through her work at The Wine Advocate, Larner's opinion on Italian wines is often cited by mainstream media publications like Forbes and Newsweek.She has been described by Robert Parker as "...one of the most comprehensive writers of Italian wines out there."
Luca Sanjust
Petrolo proprietor
A leading luminary among Italian vintners, Luca Sanjust is the man behind Galatrona, dubbed “the Pétrus of Italy”; the re-creation of the historic Val d’Arno di Sopra DOC within Tuscany; and part of the movement towards an increasingly terroir-specific approach to Sangiovese that is driving Tuscany’s great estates today. An accomplished painter, recognized as one of the most promising young artists in Italy, he came back to run his family’s estate at the beginning of the ‘90s. The estate’s 64 acres of vines are divided among 17 plots across 672 acres of forests and olive groves, planted on the south and southeast facing hillsides of the major rise in the area – Galatrona references the tower built at the top of the conical hill, a lookout point since the time of the Etruscans in 800 BC. In addition to the work with small, specific plots, Petrolo is known for the low yields of its vines, due to its soils, low vigor clones, and careful vine management. Galatrona in particular is a cru, from a single plot, first produced in 1994 and with today an annual production of only 20,000 bottles. Above all, the Petrolo wines are utterly distinct expressions of their specific corner of Tuscany.


Among Italy’s legendary Merlots is Galatrona, made near Arezzo on the Eastern flank of Tuscany. Art collector and all-round Renaissance Man Luca Sanjust exacts an exhaustive winemaking approach to make his creative, often brilliantly eccentric, line of wines. Look close at the Tuscan background depicted in Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. That is the land of Galatrona.