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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Aia Vecchia Lagone 2004

This is what I needed: a $14 Super Tuscan!

Absolutely outstanding in its price range, Lagone is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese. It has enough forward fruit to please those partial to New World wines, but the flavors and acidity should make Old World fans feel right at home too.

Lagone starts with dark fruit on the nose, plums and raspberry. Lots of brambly fruit follows on the medium-bodied palate; moderate tannins add interest and structure, and support the long finish.

This is one of those wines that really excites me, and makes me want to squirrel away cases and cases of it. It's versatile enough to work as a cocktail wine, or as an accompaniment to beef, lamb, tomato-based pasta sauce and lots of other things.

Aia Vecchia also makes a higher-priced ($50) Super Tuscan blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot called Sor Ugo. Now that I've tried the Lagone, I'm really interested in finding out what Aia Vecchia's flagship wine is like. When I find it, I'll let you know -- but in the meantime, go get Lagone!
M. Zane Grey, 12:24 PM