Aia Vecchia is a family-owned winery in Tuscany with a small portfolio of affordable, high-quality wines. Solidio Rosato (below right) is a new wine released in the spring.
AIA VECCHIA, the small, family-run winery in Tuscany in the Bolgheri area that makes the popular red blend Lagone that sells for a song ($15), joined the rush to Rosé wines this spring with the release of their Solidio Rosato. It’s made mostly of Sangiovese with a smidge of Merlot, and like everything else the Pellegrini family makes, it’s well-structured and delicious. The family has been growing grapes in Tuscany for four generations but only started making their own wines in recent times. Their Aia Vecchia portfolio is small, but packed with quality and value.
fyi: The Aia Vecchia wines represent such a great value because they are imported exclusively by Dalla Terra Winery Direct, which bypasses the traditional three-tier distribution system and eliminates an average 25 percent markup on each bottle imported.
Aia Vecchia Solidio Rosato Toscana IGT 2015, $14: The color is as pale pink and pretty as my Wave petunias. It’s dry with nice acidity and flavors that say Sangiovese and Merlot in a subtle way — there is just enough Merlot to plump up the flavors and mouthfeel.
Aia Vecchia Lagone Toscana IGT 2013, $15: Lagone is a blend of 60 percent Merlot and 30 percent Cabernet Sauvignon filled out with Cabernet Franc. It does a dance on your palate with flavors of cherry, vanilla, dark plum and herbs. Acidity is bright, tannins are round and smooth. It’s just so easy to like.
Aia Vecchia Sor Ugo Bolgheri Rosso Superiore DOC 2012, $35: Big, dark and brooding — that’s the character of this beauty. Aromas leap out of the glass: dark berries, plum, licorice and herbal notes. In the mouth, tannins are silken, flavors are concentrated with a hit of Old World earthy power in the midpalate. It has impressive body. And what a buy for the SRP of $35. This vintage is a blend of 50 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 percent Merlot, 15 percent Cabernet Franc and 5 percent Petit Verdot.
Aia Vecchia Vermentino Toscana IGT 2015, $12: This crisp dry white is 95 percent Vermentino, a common light-skinned wine grape in Italy, and 5 percent Viognier. It’s grown at estate vineyards in two villages in the Maremma region — Magliano and Montiano. It offers aromas of grapefruit and green herb notes with a nice floral twist from the Viognier. Likewise, the Viognier gives a white floral spin to the flavors. It’s clean, crisp and minerally.