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Bolgheri is a region in the Livorno province of Tuscany, Italy named for the historic town along the Ligurian coast. One of the defining features of the town is an 8th century castle, built by the family of Count della Gherardesca. The army of Emperor Maximilian all but destroyed it in 1496 during a massive invasion. What stands now is thanks to the efforts of a local noble family, who reconstructed the castle in the 1800s around its few remaining original sections. 
 
It is here that the seeds of the Super Tuscan era were first planted, literally and figuratively. In the early 1940s, Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta moved to Bolgheri. In the interest of making wines for private consumption, he imported Cabernet Sauvignon vines from Bordeaux’s Chateau Lafitte and established a little vineyard called Tenuta San Guido. While very rustic at first, he began to develop his wines into what evolved into Sassicaia, what some say is the duperest of the Super Tuscans. Bolgheri Read more »

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  • Vermentino

    History of the grape: Little concrete history is known about Vermentino except that it has recently been identified a...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • 'Super Tuscan' is a loose term used to denote wines that were purposely ... ... about the Toscana IGT or Bolgheri IGT, which are what are used to house Super Tuscans nowadays. Before the early '90s, when regulators rushed those through, Super Tuscans were generally just labeled 'table wines'.  Clear?!  ; Read More

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  • Sassicaia DOC 2011

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their ... in their ... al Tasso 2004 Bolgheri Superiore   |  6 in stock  |  $69.99 Heritiers du Comte Lafon 2001 Macon-Milly-Lamartine   |  2 in stock  |  $24.99 Hospices de Beaune / Gambal 2000 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrieres Cuvee Alex Gambal  |  7 in stock  |  $74.99 Hu... Read More

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  • Here's a decent weekday wine, though I'm drinking it on a weekend. A ... ... in the earth of Tuscany (Bolgheri), though, which earth I can taste clearly.Nothing at all complex, fruit there but not over the top and not overly extracted; not enough acidity for me to take it too seriously. Certainly can taste all the grapes. Nose quiet but pleasa... Read More

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  • I haven't had the Montebello either, but I want one!  The trick is ... about $37.I got a 2008  Bolgheri Superiore Guado al TossoI won't be opening that for a whil Read More

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  • Ornellaia Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia 2006

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    Wine review by mberzell


  • Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia le Serre Nuove 2011

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    Wine review by mberzell


  • Sassello Bolgheri Rosso 2010

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    rich dark fruit....smooth on the palatte with a bold finish. Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer


  • Le Volte de Ornellaia 2010

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    Wine review by baronerosso


  • Funny - I had been thinking chenin blanc + shellfish too, after the wine I had ... ... producer - Podere Sapaio Bolgheri Superiore (2008). I'm looking forward to it. Planning to let it decant for about 2 hours first. I am having tenderloin, but I know that tannin likes fat  - I hope this doesn't throw off my pairing too muc Read More

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