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The better Italian wine houses also produce a few crus bearing the names of their estates. These top wines are extremely rare and of unparalleled quality. Serve the ordinary Bianco as an aperitif. The better crus should be reserved for the very best fish dishes.

There are also very typical Italian wines made from Vermentino grapes but these bear an IGT (controlled name of origin) rather than a DOC nomination. The quality of this Italian wine is certainly not of lesser standard. Drinking temperature for this Italian wine is 50-53.6°F (10-12°C). The Rosso delle Colline Lucchesi (Colline Lucchesi Rosso) is a full-bodied ruby to granite red wine with a fairly subtle but very pleasing nose. The taste is mellow, fulsome, well-balanced, and rounded.

Colline Lucchesi Rosso Italian WineMost of the wines from Italy, like the white, have a fairly high level of alcohol, around 12.5-13%. The better cru wines are only produced in limited volume. They differentiate themselves from the others with their wonderful bouquets (such as iris) and their fuller taste. Drink this wine for Italy at 57.2- 60.8°F (14- 16°C) to 60.8-62.6°F (16-17°C) for the crus. There are of course some ‘super Tuscan’ wines made here that are of excellent quality but which do not meet the required legal proportions for the grapes they contain. These Italian wines are ‘downgraded’ to IGT wines but for a long time they were only permitted to call themselves table wine (vino da tavola).

A new IGT classification was introduced in 1992 and the first wines with this category on their label are just reaching the market, while the older ones continue to be called vino da tavola. A typical example of one of these new super Tuscan wines from the area of Lucca is the I Pampini of Fattoria Fubbiano. The same wine house also produces the extremely rare super Tuscan white Del Boschetto Bianco.

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