2016 Petrolo Boggina "C" Classique

Year: 2016
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 94+
Vinous Media: 94
James Suckling: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"This vibrant, balanced red is rich, with plum, cherry, iron and tobacco notes. Firms up nicely, suggesting a decade or more of development ahead, ending with a tangy aftertaste of fruit and mineral. Sangiovese. Best from 2021 through 2033. -B.S" (WS)

"The 2016 Val d'Arno di Sopra Bòggina C is a pure expression of Sangiovese from vines planted in 1952. Give the wine a little time to open in the glass; once it does, it offers a beautiful display of forest fruit, spice, leather and earthy tones. Unlike the Bòggina A that is aged in amphorae, the Bòggina C is fermented in concrete vats using ambient yeasts. It sees extended maceration times and is aged in French 40-hectoliter casks and tonneaux. Some 11,000 bottles were made. This single-vineyard expression of Sangiovese reveals impeccable balance and elegance.

This is a stunning set of new releases from Luca Sanjust's beautiful Petrolo property near Arezzo." (WA)

"The 2016 Bòggina C, 100% Sangiovese vinified in cement and aged in oak, is a total knock-out. Readers will find a wine endowed with fabulous richness and depth. Black cherry, plum, lavender, spice and espresso all flesh out in a generous, deeply expressive wine that is ample and nuanced at the same time." (VM)

"This is so focused and precise with fantastic depth and beauty. A pure definition of sangiovese. Full-bodied, tight and refined. Yet, full of strength and length. Succulent, too. A single-vineyard wine with soul. Better in 2022." (JS)

Winery Notes:
When I think of Bòggina C ( Classic) it comes to my mind a small painting of Paul Klee and its description by Walter Benjamin in his masterpiece-book “Angelus Novus”...

...“There is a painting by Klee ... It shows an angel who seems about to move away from something he stares at... His face is turned toward the past... But a storm is blowing from Paradise ... This storm drives him irresistibly into the future to which his back is turned...”

Here's Bòggina C, a wine turned towards the past (the secular Tuscan tradition in its most beautiful areas vocated to our Sangiovese...) but at the same time a wine pushed inexorably towards the future... (because of the painstaking care we now put, unlike the past, in the slightest details of all processes, in the cellar and in the vineyards.

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