Aragone is a distinctive wine made in a region famous for Super-Tuscan blends with Bordeaux varieties. This wine looks not to the Medoc, but to the Mediterranean. Indigenous Sangiovese is blended with Syrah (typical of Southern France), Alicante (typical of Spain) and Carignan, creating a "Super-Med" blend that brings together these noble grapes and highlights the heritage of winemaking from across the Mediterranean. The name "Aragone"refers to the Aragons of Spain, who together with the Medici family of Florence, dominated the region of Maremma in the 1500's. The six-point star depicted on the label, represents an aerial view of "Forte Stella," which is located in Porto Ercole just south of Grossetto, built by the Spanish around 1550.
Intense ruby red with reflections of violet. The Sangiovese and Alicante contribute to the structure and complexity of the blend with spice and liquorice flavors. The Syrah and Carignan contribute a fresh dark berry component. The wine hints at a Southern Rhone style with black olive aromas, and ripe fruit recalls the depth of Spanish Priorat.
Game, steak and roasted meats.
"The 2007 Aragone is a blend of Sangiovese, Alicante, Syrah and Carignano. Racy dark red cherries, flowers, earthiness and licorice are some of the nuances that flow from this textured, expressive wine. In 2007, Aragone sits on the razor's edge of over ripeness; coming close, but never going over the top. A refined, polished finish serves to balance some of the more opulent qualities. This racy, sexy wine delivers incredible quality for the money. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020."
The Wine Advocate
"Very likeable for the sweet plum and berry character, with Indian spice and light citrus highlights. Fruity and delicious on the finish. A little tough now. Sangiovese, Alicante, Syrah and Carignane. Best from 2012 through 2015."
"From a project Lidia and Joe Bastianich developed with Mario Batali, Aragone is focused on local varieties-sangiovese, alicante and carignan-along with syrah. This is a ripe, Mediterranean red, its fresh black-cherry scented fruit deepened by supple tannins. The structure has enought edges to grip a thick-cut sirloin"
Wine & Spirits