Featured in the latest issue of Wine Advocate, Ca’ Marcanda scored 92+ points on several new vintages:
I had the opportunity to taste this flight of wines first with Angelo and Gaia Gaja in Barbaresco, Piedmont, and later directly in Bolgheri, Tuscany, at the Consorzio. The first tasting was in the spring and the second in the fall. Over the course of those summer months, these wines have really fleshed out, and grown in intensity and complexity.—MONICA LARNER
94 pts – Ca’ Marcanda Camarcanda 2012
No one understands why Angelo Gaja keeps this wine as a Bolgheri Rosso when it has all the qualities to be a Bolgheri Superiore (which is what it really is from a winemaking point of view). The 2012 Bolgheri Carmarcanda is a beautifully perfumed and delicate expression with an enormous sense of aromatic lift and purity. This blend of Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc is absolutely seamless and harmonious on all fronts. Its most attractive aspect is the consistency. It shows enormous grace and harmony but it never loses its power or persistency.
94 pts – Ca’ Marcanda Magari 2013
This is the second year that this wine is a DOC (In 2011, Magari was still an IGT Toscana). The 2013 Bolgheri Rosso Magari is a gorgeous wine that shows that signature touch that only Angelo Gaja can deliver. The overall effect is thick, delicious and enduring. The blend is Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc so you get those upfront aromas of cherry compote with firm tannins at the back. The 2013 vintage shows superior harmony and complexity.
92+ pts – Ca’ Marcanda Promis 2013
Angelo Gaja always presents one of the most exciting tastings of the year. The 2013 Promis (Merlot, Syrah and a small part Sangiovese) reveals all the hallmarks of the excellent vintage. The wine offers a supple and smooth entry that is creamy and delicious. Spice, dark fruit, cherry, blackberry, tar, resin and cola come to attention. The tannins still show some attitude so I would recommend giving this wine a few more years of cellar aging. The intensity, depth and persistency promise many years of forward-looking cellar aging.