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Dedication, Passion, Experience: Il Borro Sangiovese 🍷

This week for #Armandospicks, we have a wine that will complement all holiday fare 🍷 🎄🍽

Il Borro Petruna in Anfora 2018

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy


“Every bottle of Il Borro Wines comes from many years of dedication, passion, and experience. In every sip, you can taste the results of the perfectly balanced ecosystem that we encourage on our organic farm; harmonious, effortless wines that represent the terroir of Il Borro.”

Salvatore Ferragamo, CEO of Il Borro

Valdarno di Sopra, introduced in the summer of 2011, is one of Italy's newer and smaller DOC titles. Covering a section of the Arno Valley in the Arezzo province. Here lies Il Borro, an 1100-hectare organic estate surrounding a 1000-year-old medieval village in the heart of Tuscany.

The name of the estate, Il Borro, derives from the Tuscan word for the gorge.

In 1255 the mayor of Arezzo, Borro Borri, purchased the fortress, which continues to bear his name. From 1766, Il Borro passed through the hands of some of the noblest families in Europe, such as the Medici family and the House of Savoy.

Since 1993 Ferruccio Ferragamo, together with his son Salvatore and daughter Vittoria, have been responsible for conserving The Il Borro estate's historical heritage but have also transformed the property into a 5-star Relais & Châteaux Hotel and converted all agricultural farming practice to organic farming, producing world-class wines with a unique sense of terroir.

Estate History

The estate's vineyards are planted primarily with international grape varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, and Tuscany's most esteemed variety, Sangiovese.

Il Borro's vineyards cover 45 hectares (111 acres) of land and were planted in 1997. Here, a combination of sandstone and sandy-clay soils provides ideal terroir for viticulture. An altitude between 300 and 500 meters (984 to 1640 feet) above sea level exposes the vineyards to prevailing winds to encourage sturdy growth and deep root systems.

The unique climate and terroir, mild winters, and optimal exposure of the vineyards result in the creation of fine-quality wines with a strong territorial identity produced by traditional methods. Grapes Varieties: Sangiovese, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winemaker Notes

Petruna Anfora has a deep ruby-red color. It has an intense, complex bouquet with notes of ripe red fruits and distinctive aromas deriving from the aging in terracotta amphora. It has a full-bodied flavor and well-balanced tannins with good acidity.

Critical Acclaim

James Suckling

94 Points

Extremely floral with sweet cherries, as well as flowers and hints of mushrooms. Medium to full body with a lovely, creamy texture that seems so pinot noir-like. But this is Sangiovese from a single vineyard, aged in amphora for one year. No wood here. Love the finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

93 Points

The 2018 Valdarno di Sopra Sangiovese in Anfora Petruna is the Ferragamo family's amphorae-based wine, created to showcase the purity and sharpness of Sangiovese from this tiny, new, and exciting appellation. This is a wine of character, showing the pure forest berry, bitter almond, and earthy aromas that are associated with the grape. You also get some clay and terracotta from the hands-off winemaking process.

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with a lasagna rich in cheese because the acidity of the grape is ever-present to clean your palate. It is perfectly paired with traditional Tuscan dishes with meats but is also excellent with bread or vegetable soups. It can also be served to accompany aged or blue-veined cheeses.





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