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La Mozza Maremma Toscana Aragone 2007

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13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

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.
GREAT WITH Game, steak and roasted meats.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
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.
W&S 90
Wine & Spirits
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
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La Mozza, Tuscany, Italy
2007 Maremma Toscana Aragone
All aware of the enormous potential of the Maremma region of southwest Tuscany, Joe and Lidia Bastianich and Chef Mario Batali formed La Mozza in 2000. They came together to create a new winery with a modern mission: To express this terroir to the fullest with new and exciting grape varieties. The name of the top wine from the estate, Aragone, recalls the Spanish heritage of the area. The indigenous Sangiovese is blended with Mediterranean varieties, like Syrah and Carignan, to create a unique "Super-Med." I Perazzi Morellino di Scansano DOCG is the foundation of the winery, and focuses on the pure, clean fruit of this Sangiovese clone. A percentage of Alicante and Syrah are added to give this Morellino a distinct flavor profile.

One of the most iconic regions of Italy for wine, scenery, and history, Tuscany is the world’s most important outpost for the Sangiovese grape. Ranging in style from fruity and simple to complex and age-worthy, as well as in price from budget-friendly to ultra-premium, Sangiovese makes up a significant percentage of plantings here, with the white Trebbiano Toscano trailing far behind. Within Tuscany, many esteemed wines are produced in their respective sub-zones, including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Bolgheri, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The climate is Mediterranean and the topography consists mostly of picturesque rolling hills, with the hillside locations hosting the best vines, as Sangiovese ripens most efficiently with maximum exposure to sunlight.

Sangiovese at its simplest, often carrying a regional designation of Chianti or just Italy, produces straightforward pizza-friendly wines with bright red fruit and not much more, but at its best it shows remarkable complexity. In top-quality Sangiovese-based wines, expressive notes of sour cherry, balsamic vinegar, dried herbs, leather, fresh earth, dried flowers, anise, tobacco smoke, and cured meat fill the glass. Brunello in particular is sensitive to vintage variation, performing best in years that are not too hot and not too cold. Chianti is associated with tangy and food-friendly dry wines at various price points. A more recent phenomenon as of the 1970s is the “Super Tuscan”—a wine made from international grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, or Syrah, often grown in Tuscany’s Bolgheri region, with or without Sangiovese.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

HNYLMZARG07C_2007 Item# 107830

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