Hayley Hamilton, wine writer for D magazine, recommended Aia Vecchia in an article about her favorite Italian wines right now.
From the edge of the alps to the very tip of the boot heel, the wines of Italy go well beyond the jug of unnamed Chianti that rests on the checked tablecloth at your favorite neighborhood pizza joint. More than 300 different grape varieties are grown in Italy, each defining their specific place and terroir. I have tried an interesting assortment recently. Here are a few stand outs. (Some wines were sent for editorial consideration.)
Though we may think of Sangiovese when we think of Tuscany, as with the wines of Chianti, however the Bordeaux varieties thrive in the region producing elegant, refined and very Old World wines.
Aia Vecchia was founded by the Pellegrini family in 1996 in Tuscany between Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci. Longtime vintners, they started the winery to showcase these Bordeaux varieties that thrive in their sunshine filled vineyards. Aia Vecchia “Sor Ugo” Bolgheri Superiore DOC blends Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Fran and Petit Verdot for a very French style, with Italian character. Black fruit and black licorice fill the palate, with soft herbal and leathery notes. $35, available at Wine Therapist