Petrolo Bòggina B 2017 (93 WA)

“A cellar-worthy expression of Trebbiano Toscano, the 2017 Bòggina B sees extended aging on the lees to create a creamy and generous medium to full-bodied white wine. The Etruscan-named Bòggina opens to a light golden color followed by Mediterranean aromas of stone fruit, apricot and candied orange peel. That sur lie aging contributes to the honey-like fattiness or creaminess of the wine that is played up a notch higher in a hot and dry vintage such as this, which resulted in extra fruit concentration. Trebbiano, with its loose clusters, is harvested immediately before Sangiovese. There are documents that trace the existence of Trebbiano in this part of Tuscany back to the 13th century. In fact, the grape was widely popular back then, and fruit from the vineyards near the Petrolo estate fetched top dollar.”

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    Petrolo Bòggina B 2017

    Toscana IGT

    Bòggina B is a little bit of Burgundy with a Tuscan twist. The wine is made with 100% Trebbiano Toscano. The clone of the Valdarno has been known for its quality since the 1300s, when it was regularly sent to the popes in Rome and the courts of Florence. Petrolo has been using Trebbiano grapes for its sweet vinsanto for decades, but owner Luca Sanjust decided that the time had come for a tribute to the great whites of Valdarno’s past.

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    Val d'Arno di Sopra, Tuscany. Italy

    Petrolo is the definition of a cult winery, with an owner and a story that have helped create its legendary status. While the estate's benchmark wine, the Merlot cru Galatrona, deservedly receives fireworks in the press and is part of the history of Tuscany’s quality revolution in the late 1980s and 1990s, the winery's two other standouts, Torrione and Boggina, are an equally thrilling success - Sangiovese from a special and virtually unknown appellation bordering Chianti Classico that today produces wines of distinct regional identity.