Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari began purchasing land in the Bolgheri area in the 1990s. The later classification Bolgheri D.O.C. proved to be a smashing success. Thanks to a few highly-respected families in the Italian wine sector, it became internationally famous and indisputably respected for its wines. The area is blessed with a very favorable climate, tempered by the sea breezes. The terrain, a mixture of clay and sand, for the most part slopes slightly toward the sea. It has proved to be extremely well-suited to the Bordeaux varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. This estate bottled Bolgheri DOC is their most popular wine. It's a blend of 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks with maceration on the skins for 20-22 days is followed by aging for 12 months in one-year-old French oak barrels and then 3 months in bottle before release. James Suckling scored it 93 points saying "The aromas of currant bush, blueberry and mint come through decisively. Full body, soft and round tannins and a fresh and flavorful finish. Pretty core of fruit, too. Beautiful Bordeaux blend as always. Drink or hold." Quality wines from this region can easily cost two to three times as much. Don't miss this.