Jeb Dunnuck has published a special report reviewing the new releases from GAJA.
Highlights from Dunnuck’s report include:
“This article looks at the new releases from the Gaja family and includes their flagship Barbaresco and Barolo releases as well as their releases from Pieve Santa Restituta and Ca’Marcanda.”
“Looking at the Gaja releases, these come mostly from the 2017 vintage, which was a challenging, scorching hot year that made reaching full phenolic ripeness difficult. The 2017s possess lighter colors, more streamlined textures, and present, firm tannins.”
“Lastly, Ca’Marcanda was created in 1996 and covers 150 acres in Castagneto Carducci, in Bolgheri. These wines focus on Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah. Both 2018s showed beautifully, the Magari in particular, and these wines all have a very Bordeaux-like style in their textures and tannin profiles. The flagship is the Camarcanda, and this more Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated wine showed a more sunny, perfumed style (it’s from the 2017 vintage) while staying balanced and light on its feet.”