In the middle of Bolgheri Rosso Superiore DOC, in the heart of Tuscany, the prestigious Pellegrini family created the Aia Vecchia winery to showcase the terroir of Italy, and how premium Bordeaux varieties can thrive in the sunshine-filled hillsides of the region. I am a fan of the wines of Aia Vecchia, as each offers a succulent, savory profile, with well-integrated tannins, balanced acidity, ripe fruit, and an Italian earthiness.
Aia Vecchia “Sor Ugo” ($40) is no exception, as the harmonious palate dazzles with woody herbal notes, fresh blackberry and raspberry, crushed stone, and balsamic. Blending 50% Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cab Franc, and a touch of Petit Verdot, the Left Bank-style wine ages for 18 months in new French oak, which may give overly oaky, vanilla, and spice characteristics, and though there are hints of these aromas and flavors in the finished wine, the additional 12 months of bottle aging before release allows the wine to become nicely integrated, revealing balanced notes of cedar, dark chocolate, leather, and licorice. #Cheers