92/100 Punkte James Suckling December 2016 A deep and intense nose of fresh blackberries, currants and cherries as well as a fresh herbal character. Full-bodied and velvety with juicy, fine-grained tannins and a long, ripe and citrusy finish. Lots of grape-skin undertones. Drink now or hold.
96/100 Punkte Robert Parker Dec 2013 The 2010 Aurus is what De Gregorio considers the golden formula (aurus is gold in Latin) for blending 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano from a number of head-pruned vineyards in Briones averaging 60 years of age, which fermented in French oak vats, carried out its malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels, and completed its upbringing over two years with rackings every four months before being bottled unfiltered and unfined. The difference here is that these are north-facing vineyards, with clay and gravel soils that produced austere wines. This is a much more serious wine, closed in the nose, elegant, su btle, with balsamic notes, mint, more mineral than fruity (produced with stones instead of fruits, I joked, but in a way it was true!). The palate reveals a tight, compact wine, with fine-grained tannins, straight and vertical, with great acidity and a mineral finish. 2010 is a superb Aurus! Drink 2016-2030.
93/100 Puntke Parker Aug 2012 The 2008 Aurus is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano from 60-year-old vines around Briones that are aged for 24 months in Troncais new oak barrels. It has a supremely refined, feminine bouquet that unfurls nicely in the glass: creme de cassis, blueberry, crushed stone and a faint tang of marmalade. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, powdery tannins over-layering dense blackberry and raspberry fruit that gently builds to a spicy, well-defined finish with cocoa lingering on the grippy aftertaste. Drink 2015-2025
90/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Oct 15, 2014 A polished, modern style, boasting vanilla and spicy oak notes to match the black cherry and plum flavors. Rich and juicy, this balanced bottling lingers with fruit and spice accents on the aftertaste. Drink now through 2018.
92/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Oct 15, 2016 Earthy, balsamic aromas and flavors match the cherry and raspberry fruit in this supple red. Overall, it's elegant, with a lingering finish lined by light-grained tannins. Approachable now, but should be better in a year or two. Drink now through 2030.
92/100 Punkte Falstaff Weinguide 2014/15 Mit feiner Kräuterwürze und einem Hauch von Nougat unterlegte Kirschenfrucht, etwas nach Zwetschgen, tabakiger Touch. Komplex, engmaschige Textur, feine Extraktsüsse, seidige Tannine, schokoladiger Touch, mineralische Note im Abgang, gute Länge.
89/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Aug 2016 The entry-level red is the 2015 Bozeto de Exopto, a blend of 50% Garnacha, 40% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano from a warm, Mediterranean vintage that favored the Garnacha in a way similar to 2012. The Garnacha and Graciano come from Alfaro in Rioja Baja, and the Tempranillo from Ábalos in Rioja Alta. It fermented in a combination of stainless steel, cement and oak vats, and the élevage was also mixed--the Garnacha in cement and the Tempranillo and Graciano in oak, mostly well-seasoned barrels, but part of the Tempranillo was kept in the oak vats. There are notes of Mediterranean aromatic herbs, esparto grass and ripe plums, a year where Garnacha seems to take the lead. They got very healthy grapes, with notes of blueberries and violets, quite exuberant. The palate is juicy, extremely tasty, with fine tannins and good balance. This is a supple, exuberant red, very hedonistic, open and fruit-driven, reflecting the style of the year. 2014 and 2013
90/100 Punkte Vinous, May 2017 (fermented in concrete vats and aged for six months in a combination of concrete tanks and neutral French oak barrels) Lurid ruby. Spice-accented cherry, raspberry and licorice scents are complemented by a suggestion of cracked pepper. Juicy and appealingly sweet, offering red berry and cherry compote flavors that tighten up slowly with aeration. Shows very good energy and lift on the clinging finish, which features fine-grained tannins and a suggestion of bitter cherry.
93/100 Punkte Vinous, Sep 2015 Dark red cherry, plum smoke, tobacco and violet notes are beautifully defined in Petrolo's 2013 Bòggina. Rich and pliant through to the finish, this classy 100% Sangiovese delivers outstanding quality to match its inviting personality. Today, the flavors are naturally quite primary, so a few years of cellaring is warranted. Tasted next to the Bòggina Anfora, the straight Bòggina has more mid-palate intensity and overtness, as well as an expression of fruit that is more closely aligned to the Petrolo house style. But that is really splitting hairs, as both Bògginas are delicious.
96/100 Punkte James Suckling Extremely aromatic and perfumed with dark berries, cherries and flowers, as well as hints of rosemary and lavender. Full body, very fine and tight tannins as well as bright and creamy acid. Lovely tension between the fruit and tannins. Better in 2017 but already beautiful.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker May 2017 The 2014 Val d'Arno di Sopra BògginAnfora sees fruit sourced from a 4.5-hectare single vineyard of Sangiovese grapes. This plot also makes fruit for the blended red Torrione, but the central part of the vineyard goes through a careful selection process to make this wine. The fruit is organic. The wine is fermented in amphorae, some purchased in Spain and others using Tuscan clay from potters in Impruneta. This vintage saw a slightly shorter maceration time (compared to the 2013 vintage) only because the grape skins were more delicate in this difficult vintage. The results are very lively and tonic with bright ruby Sangiovese tones of cherry, moist earth and forest floor. I'd suggest a slightly shorter drinking window for this vintage.
93/100 Punkte Vinous, July 2016 It's interesting to taste the 2014 Bòggina Anfora (Bògginanfora), Petrolo's Sangiovese done in amphora next to the same wine aged in oak. The amphora wine is initially a bit softer and creamier in its contours, but it also offers less development in the glass. Lavender, plum, menthol, sage and sweet herbs lead into the expressive finish. This is another very pretty wine from Petrolo and proprietor Luca Sanjust.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker Feb 2014 The 2005 Brut de Brut Gran Reserva Brut Nature, a blend of 55% Xarello and 45% Macabeo, aged for 88 months in bottle, might be just going through a difficult phase, and does not say much. You need to pull it to get shy aromas of spices, yeasts and toasty bread intermixed with some notes of apples and fennel. It also feels quite compact in the palate with very small, well-integrated bubbles and a thin, persistent acid spine. Drink now-2017.
91/100 Punkte Wine Spectator 2018 Black cherry, plum, earth, graphite and tobacco aromas and flavors signal this youthful red. Vibrant, solidly built and long, leaving a mouthwatering impression. Best from 2020 through 2030.
93/100 Falstaff Toscana Centrale Feb 2017 Sattes, undurchdringliches Rubin-Violett. Sehr intensive und kompakte Nase, satt nach Heidelbeeren, Brombeeren und dunklen Johannisbeeren, im Hintergrund nach Kardamom und feuchtem Waldboden. Zeigt am Gaumen feinmaschiges, kerniges Tannin, saftige, dunkle Frucht, zum Reinbeißen, zeigt beachtliche Länge, hat allerdings nicht die Fülle und den Druck anderer Jahrgänge.
95/100 Punkte James Suckling Jul 2016 The polish and fine texture to this 2014 is impressive with blueberry, dark chocolate and light walnut aromas and flavors. Medium body, integrated tannins and a long, refined finish. Serious sense for the vintage. Better in 2017.
94/100 Punkte Parker Dec 2008 The NV Extra Brut Cuvee Blanc de Blancs Celebris is 100% Chardonnay composed of vintages 1995, 1996, 1998 and 1999. This powerful, sinewy wine possesses a striking combination of soaring aromatics and deep, rich fruit all buttressed by notable structure. The ripe tropical fruit is intermingled with sweet notes of oak, flowers and minerals in a gorgeous expression of Chardonnay. Although the wine already shows some pretty signs of early tertiary complexity, there is more than enough vibrancy and freshness to ensure at least a decade of very fine drinking. The cork is labeled C 7386, and this bottle was disgorged early December, 2007. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.