Vinous Media 95
"The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Bugialla is a total knock-out. Plush, dark and explosive, the 2016 possesses superb depth and textural richness. Super-ripe black cherry, plum, espresso, licorice, new leather and spice all flesh out in a heady, super-distinctive Riserva loaded with class and personality. The 2016 is fabulous in every way, but I especially admire its explosive energy."~A.G.
Wine Spectator 94
"This is pure, well-defined and intense, with cherry, black currant, violet, graphite and stone flavors fused to a solid structure. Balanced and resonant, persisting on the fruit- and mineral-tinged aftertaste. Drink now through 2035. 900 cases made, 450 cases imported."~B.S.
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There are today approximately 12 hectars (29 acres) of vines in production, planted mostly with Sangiovese. Poggerino's wines are produced exclusively from its own grapes, and every step of wine production and marketing is carried out by the owners themselves.
We believe in an almost fanatical attention to vineyard work. It is in the vineyard that we must strive to produce healthy grapes which have attained the highest degree of concentration and ripeness possible, for this is essential to the production of wines of style and character that can fully reflect the individuality of Poggerino's terroir.
The wines produced from these grapes combine a richness and concentration of fruit, acidity and tannin, indispensable to the wine's longevity, while the soft, ripe nature of the tannins allows the wine to be enjoyed early in its life.
Poggerino's vineyards are located 400 to 500 meters above sea level, and face south-southwest. The soil is very rocky, due to the breakup of local "galestro" rock, which provides optimal drainage. These factors are all essential in the quest to produce great Sangiovese.
Clonal selection in the newer plantings has resulted in Sangiovese vines that produce small grapes and bunches, thus maximizing concentration and sweetness of fruit and skin to juice ratios. This provides deeper colour and more intense, ripe tannins, essential in the structure of the wines.
In addition about 1 hectare (2,5 acres) is planted with Merlot.