~  Fattoria Petrolo ~

“Making wine is adding beauty. Our work must preserve and, with gentleness, value what nature produces”.

The first vintage of  “Bòggina” was 1958  – the time when the Grandfather of the current owners created a mono-varietal Sangiovese wine from the vineyard planted in 1947.  It wasn’t known as Boggina at the time, but the Cru was born.  Today, the historical vinyard of the winer is the backbone and heart of Torrione, and since 2006 the central rows of the vineyard, which receive the best exposure,  are selected for the production of  Bòggina; the Cru Sangiovese of Petrolo.

 As mentioned above,  Bòggina is created from only the finest grapes of the eponymous named vineyard.  Hand harvested and meticulously crafted at every stage,  Boggina is fermented in stainless steel and aged for 18 months in French tonneaux before refining a year in bottle prior to release.  

The 2012 Petrolo Bòggina is the latest release of the wine and the quality is evident.  At first blush,  I wasn’t overly impressed by the wine, but the longer it sat in the decanter, the better it got.  Markedly better.  It added fruit, plumpness, body.  The last 1/3 of the bottle was dramatically better than the first 2/3rds.  Decant this extensively if you try it now. 

Bòggina is a deep ruby with violet reflections. Shy on the nose at first, what blossoms are notes of crushed wild cherry, fresh sage, tobacco and mushroom.   Once this wine evolved, it was stellar.  Lovely ripe red plums and cherries are sheathed in brown cigar leaf, espresso, and fennel.  The texture is wonderful with refreshing acidity and perfectly integrated tannins.  My initial impression was that this wasn’t much different than Torrione, Petrolo’s main Sangiovese wine,  but as the night wore on,  I could see the distinction – especially in the level of texture to the body of the wine.  Cellar for 5 years or decant 2 hours if trying now.  93 points, about $55 retail.  

~ Boggina is 100% Sangiovese from a single vineyard on Petrolo’s estate in South East Chianti ~

 Salute to the new week!

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