Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2011 Clos de los Siete is a blend of 56% Malbec, 14% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot and could be described as the blend of blends. It has plenty of spicy notes, black pepper, nutmeg and clove, smoke, dry hay and straw over a core of black and red fruit. The palate is medium-bodied, with sleek tannins, good acidity and good length. This is a superbly-crafted wine at a good price. 450,000 bottles were produced. Drink 2014-2020. (Apr 2014)
Aia Vecchia is the name of an old building which is today the centre of a company deep in the Tuscany countryside between Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci. This is an area where the particularly favorable microclimate and ideally suited soils make possible the production of very high quality wines. The particular position gives the vines very much light, both direct sunlight as sunlight reflected by the sea. This in general allows an early harvest.
The property consists of 69 hectares of open ground: 48 are vineyards, 30 of which are under the Bolgheri DOC. The planted varieties are Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, which are used to produce Lagone and Sor Ugo. The Morellino di Scansano is produced in the estate of Magliano in Toscana (Grosseto) which consists of 10 hectares planted with Sangiovese and Merlot grape varieties.
Both properties are owned by the Pellegrini family, grape growers in the area for several generations.
|Wine Spectator: Has sweet berry and fresh herbs on the nose. Full-bodied, with soft, velvety tannins and a long, rich finish. Tight now, but shows excellent potential. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best after 2010. 10,800 cases made. -JS
Robert Parker: The estate’s 2006 Lagone is another very pretty wine from Aia Vecchia. All of the qualities that make 2006 a compelling vintage in Maremma are on display. Sweet, well-delineated aromatics lead to bright red fruits, spices and new leather. The wine shows impeccable balance and a long, harmonious finish underpinned by bright, focused acidity. This is easily one of the finest bottles of wine from Maremma in the under $20 price range. Lagone is 60% Merlot, 35 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc that spent 12 months in small oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2018.
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|"Lagone" Toscana IGT: 60% Merlot with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The vines are on the plains, between Bolgheri and the town of La California. Temperature-controlled fermentation, manual punch-down and pump-overs. Aged one year in barrique and a minimum of six months in bottle.
The wine has a warm, deep purplish-red color and aromas of Mediterranean wood. Its flavors of wild berries and juicy ripe cherries are balanced by spice notes, and an elegant structure and mellow mouthfeel.