Bolgheri DOC is a Tuscan "Bordeaux Style" blend of:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sangiovese, and Syrah.
Sassicaia and Ornellaia wines are from Bolgheri.
Bolgheri tastes like a classic Bordeaux blend:
Black Currant, Dark Berries and Plum are typical Bolgheri flavors.
Dark Floral hints (Violets) and Wet Soil (Graphite).
Bolgheri has a classic "Bordeaux blend" profile:
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Rich Flavors and Tannins make Bolgheri a perfect partner to Flavory Dishes.
It also loves Roasted Lamb and BBQ.
BBQ. Grilled. Roasts.
Roasted Potatoes and Onions.
Grilled Mushrooms (Portobello).
BBQ. Chicken. Pork. Rabbit. Game.
Roasted Lamb. Lamb Chops. Lamb Shank.
Hamburger. Cheese Burger. Bacon Burger.
Red Meat Dishes. Spareribs. Veal Chops.
Pepper Beef. T-Bone. Kobe. Entrecôte.
Filet Mignon. Filetto (Italy). Solomillo (Spain).
Hard Cow Milk Cheese. French Comté. Cheddar.
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The Bordeaux glass is perfect for a bodied red wine.
It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.
The large size of the glass allows the bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.
The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.
In the 1970s, Tuscan wine producers "invented" the name Super Tuscan for high quality wines using non regional grapes, because the Toscana climate proved to be good for this.
Most of these local blends use an IGT appellation (Indicazione Geografica Tipica).
Some Super Tuscans are based on "Bordeaux Blends" grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.
Some are based on Merlot, some contain Sangiovese, and some contain Syrah.
One famous wine, Guidalberto from Tenuta San Guido, is composed of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and 10% Sangiovese. Another, Le Difese, is composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese.
These are the Super Tuscans with a DOC(G) status today:
In 1978 a Super Tuscan from Bolgheri won over all French Bordeaux blends in a Decanter magazine blind test.
Bolgheri DOC was approved in 1994:
Aged for minimum 12 months (24 monts for Superiore)
Up to 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Up to 100% Cabernet Franc
Up to 100% Merlot
Up to 50% Sangiovese
Up to 50% Syrah
Up to 30% local grapes.
Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC was approved in 2013. It is the only single estate in Italy to enjoy a DOC privilege. Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC wines can be made only on the Marchese Incisa della Rocchetta’s Tenuta San Guido estate, and must contain minimum 80% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Toscana is famous for the city of Firenze, and red wines made from Sangiovese.
Toscana is most famous for the majestetic city of Firenze.
On the wine side, the region is best known for the Sangiovese based red wines:
A copy of the Bordeaux Blend, named Super Tuscan, is also popular all over the world.
Vermentino is the best known white wine from the coastline, and Vernaccia is an internationally recognised white wine from the medieval town of San Gimignano.
On the sweet side, Vin Santo ("Holy Wine") is the national drink in Tuscany.
Toscana has 11 DOCGs:
Chianti DOCG (70% Sangiovese)
Chianti Classico DOCG (80% Sangiovese)
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG (100% Sangiovese)
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG (70% Sangiovese)
Montecucco Sangiovese DOCG (90% Sangiovese)
Morellino di Scansano DOCG (85% Sangiovese)
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