2016 Petrolo 'Boggina C' Valdarno di Sopra Tuscan IGT

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  • 96JS Single-Vineyard Sangiovese
  • Critically Acclaimed
  • "Pure Definition of Sangiovese"
  • Certified Organic
  • Old-Vine, Planted in 1952
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About the Wine

Petrolo is the definition of a cult winery, with an owner and a story that has helped create its legendary status. Though virtually unknown even in the wine world, the Valdarno di Sopra denomination dates back to the days of the Medici family during the Renaissance, and the area has always been renowned for the winemaking potential of the tiny area of Tuscany near Chianti in which it is located. In the last fifteen years, Petrolo has established itself as one of Tuscany’s, and Italy’s, great wineries and is renowned above all for producing wines with a distinct regional identity.

Bòggina is a Sangiovese cru and a testament to the winemaking foresight of Petrolo’s founder, Gastone Bazzocchi, who planted the vineyard in 1952 and saw the great quality potential of the vineyard early on. Over the years, the vineyard has been replanted little by little with a massale selection to preserve the diversity of the original clones. Bòggina showcases the great expression of a 100% Sangiovese that Petrolo’s unique terroir and microclimate are capable of producing.

Aging: 16-18 months in French barriques and tonneaux.

Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 100% Sangiovese. This wine is a force to be reckoned with, see critical reviews below.


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. ~96 James Suckling

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. ~94+ Robert Parker

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. ~94 Antonio Galloni

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. 900 cases made, 75 cases imported. ~93 Wine Spectator

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