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Santuvario Rosso 1.5L

Santuvario Rosso 1.5L

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The estate's rosso is 50% Nebbiolo and a varying amount of Croatina, Vespolina and Uva Rara.  The label is a stylized aerial photograph of the area when it was completely planted in vines 

Boca is one of Italy's smallest viticultural regions, with just 30 hectares planted and only 15 of those eligible for the DOC. Though densely planted with over 1000 hectares as recently as the 1930's, it was down to only 10 by the early 1990's. In an all too familiar tale, factory jobs led many farmers to progressively abandon their land (sadly, those same jobs are also long gone). Today, in large part due to the wines and promotion of Boca by Swiss visionary Christoph Künzli, the area has seen an uptick of new talent.

Ivano Barbaglia is certainly one of those up-and-comers. For most of his career, Ivano was a musical instrument repairman. While he enjoyed the work, a stroke in 2011 left him with limited mobility in his right hand. Forced to take a new direction, he started the Santuvario project with a tiny plot of family land. Together with his wife Paola, they started with two hectares of Nebbiolo, Croatina, Vespolina, Uva Rara and Erbaluce, as well as 50 ares (a half hectare) planted in 2013 and 2014.

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