Aia Vecchia is a winery founded by Bolgheri’s Pellegrini family in 1996, and this affordable Super Tuscan is made from a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Cabernet Franc. An initial, significant heaviness with lots of tannin and turned earth takes its time to show its charms, but it eventually opens up. In time, notes of blackberry — albeit brambly ones — and violet-dusted cherries show off a layer of dark fruit, cola, and tea leaf. Some bay leaf notes on the finish add complexity. While Lagone starts off slow, it ultimately comes into its own and drinks well above its price band.
A- / $17 / aiavecchiabolgheri.it