Aia Vecchia Lagone 2009
International Wine Cellar
(60% merlot, 30% cabernet sauvignon and 10% cabernet franc; 15% alcohol): Medium-deep red. Lovely violet lift to the aromas of strawberry, sweet brown spices and tobacco; comes across as much fresher than the 2010. Suave, smooth and aromatic in the mouth, with flavors of redcurrant, plum and licorice joined by a hint of cinnamon on the back. The broad, dusty tannins are sweeter than those of the 2010, giving the wine's fruit a chance to linger.
A pungent touch of apple skin or root beer gives this wine a sharp, immediate personality. At the back are dark fruit, leather and spice aromas and a clean, tonic finish.