The Müller-Thurgau is surprisingly delicious. Its colour is a fairly dark yellow with glints of green. The bouquet is characteristic (green apple and floral notes) and the taste is dry, smooth and fulsome. Drinking temperature for this Italian wine is 50-53.6°F (10-12°C).
The Collio Picolit is the rarest sweet wine from Italy and is perhaps unique among world wines. Picolit grapes grow in a peculiar manner. Natural section takes place among the growing grapes in an unusual way with few grapes achieving maturity. Most grapes fall off early or remain small and hard. The grapes that do develop contain extremely high concentrations of extract, aromatic and flavour substances. These grapes are then also harvested late so that the sun shrivels them to a certain extent, thereby further increasing the concentration of extract, sugars, aromatic and flavour substances. This Picolit bears some relationship to a Trockenbeerauslese from Germany or Austria. The colour is a deep rich golden yellow and the bouquet is seductive, sultry, and overwhelming. The taste is powerfully full and fruity, being strongly reminiscent of ripe fruit and ether (substantial alcohol), with the mellowness of honey and a prolonged aftertaste. Its strange manner of growth means that the Picolit grape produces very little wine and the late harvest reduces this further. Understandably the price of this nectar is not low should you ever have the chance to try it, which you should certainly do. Drink this Italian wine at 846.4- 50.0°F (8-10°C).
The Collio Rosso wines are usually made from one of the Cabernets or Merlot. These are ruby-coloured wines with vegetal bouquet and smooth but lively taste. Drinking temperature for this Italian wine is 53.6-57.2°F (12-14°C) but 57.2- 60.8°F (14- 16°C) for Riserva wines.
The other red Italian wines are made from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Nero. The first three have their characteristic vegetal undertones which clearly differentiate them from a Bordeaux. The taste is fulsome and powerful but dry and harmonious. The Merlot from here often has a slightly increased bitter note in its finish. The Pinot Nero has a very smooth taste that is filled with flavour. Drinking temperature for this Italian wine is 57.2- 60.8°F (14- 16°C).