Shivani Vora, who also contributes to the New York Times, chose five bottles of ‘secret’ wine that are produced on the same estates as high-end wines but at a more affordable price point. Among them is GAJA’s Ca’ Marcanda:
These hidden gems are sometimes produced on the same estates using the same grapes as the super stars, but the fruit for them usually comes from younger vines and isn’t considered to be up to snuff for the top-end wine. In other instances, they’re made in a different region altogether.—SHIVANI VORA
“The family-run label Gaja is based in the medieval village of Barbaresco in Italy’s Piedmont region and is famous for the Sori San Lorenzo, which can run $500 or more. The 40-acre property the Gaja’s own in Tuscany’s upper Maremma, on the other hand, is hardly talked about but should be. It’s here where this silky red wine is created with a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes. Taste wise, it’s rich and full-bodied with a smooth finish. Add in the comparatively affordable price, and you’ve got a wine that’ll make you a star any time you share it.”
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