In 1994 the Italian authorities made an unprecedented decision to grant DOC
status to the region of Bolgheri in Tuscany and mandate non-traditionally
Italian grapes. The roots of this decision go back to 1968 and the first
commercial vintage of Tenuta de San Guido's Sassicaia, a wine comprised
entirely of classic Bordeaux varietals and so forced to use the humble Vino da
Tavola designation. Despite (because?) of its non-traditionality, this wine and
others like it quickly grew to eclipse the traditional wines of the Bolgheri
DOC (white and rosato.) The 1994 granting of DOC status to DOC Rosso Bolgheri
and DOC Rosso Bolgheri Superiore only codified what the market place had
determined. At the same time, Sassicaia was granted a unique distinction of
having the only DOC dedicated to a single wine. Two elements to remember when
entering either Sassicaia or other wines from Bolgheri into Cellartracker:
[http://www.cellartracker.com/showwikirevision.asp?JoinType=Designation&iIndex=98 Tenuta de San Guido's Sassicaia] is allowed to use the 'Bolgheri Sassicaia' DOC. Even their second wine, Guidalberto, is not allowed this distinction.
2. Any red wine from Bolgheri before 1994, including Sassicaia, will have the
Vino da Tavola designation.