The wide proportional tolerance of these three wines means that countless different variations are available of these Italian wines. Wines in which one of these grapes forms more than 85% of the total are permitted to use the name of the relevant grape on the label in addition to Bolgheri. All these Italian wines are fresh and dry, juicy, and elegant. You can drinking this Italian wine at 46.4- 50.0°F (8-10°C).
The Bolgheri Rosato is still the most delicious rosé of not only Italy but the entire Mediterranean region. Today this Italian wine is made using Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sangiovese grapes which result in some very exciting blends. Drink this Italian wine at 50-53.6°F (10-12°C). In addition to this Rosato a Vin Santo Occhio di Perdice (partridge eye Vin Santo rosé) is also produced using Sangiovese and Malvasia Nera. This Italian wine has a very intense taste and is remarkably aromatic. The Bolgheri Rosso, like the Rosato, is made from 10-80% Cabernet Sauvignon, a maximum 70% Merlot, and not more than 70% Sangiovese. This leaves a wide choice of different blends open to the wine maker so that discovering these wines can be exciting. Drinking temperature for this Italian wine is 57.2- 60.8°F (14- 16°C).
The Bolgheri Sassicaia is a totally different story. This top class wine must contain at least 80% Cabernet Sauvignon. The remaining grapes may be Merlot and/or Sangiovese. The yield per hectare permitted for the Sassicaia wine is considerably lower than for an ordinary Bolgheri Rosso. This ensures a powerful, full-bodied wine with lots of extract and great potential for ageing. It is good to know that these Sassicaia wines must be cask aged in oak for at least two years and then spend at least a further five years after bottling before they can be drunk. It goes without saying that this Italian wine, which is probably Italy’s best red, is somewhat expensive but it is well worth it. This wine combines hot- blooded Italian temperament with the civilised elegance of a grand cru from the Médoc. The colour is a deep ruby red and the nose is very aromatic with a hint of herbs. The taste for this Italian wine is intense, fulsome, rounded, velvet smooth, warm, and tremendously sensual. Every true lover of wine should try this Italian wine at least once in their life. Decant the wine in plenty of time before drinking into a broad-necked carafe. Drinking temperature for this Italian wine is 64.4°F (18°C).