Jeb Dunnuck Reviews New Releases from GAJA

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.

Jeb Dunnuck: 95 Points for Magari 2018

Jeb Dunnuck has awarded 95 points to Magari 2018. “More herbal notes of blackcurrants, green tobacco, cedar, and graphite emerge from the 2018 Magari, a Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot blend brought up in French oak. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, and downright seamless on the palate, this beauty is another Bordeaux look-alike with incredible class. It has some upfront appeal, with supple tannins and plenty of fruit, yet it’s going to age gracefully for 15-20 years on its balance.”

Jeb Dunnuck: 95+ Points for Camarcanda 2017

Jeb Dunnuck has awarded 95+ Points to Ca’ Marcanda Camarcanda 2017. “Lastly, the flagship 2017 Camarcanda is based on Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. More sun-kissed notes of kirsch, currants, new leather, dried flowers, and tobacco leaf just about soar from the glass, and this puppy is medium to full-bodied, with a ripe, rounded, expansive texture, present yet silky tannins (although you can tell it’s from a warmer vintage), and a great finish. This beauty is already incredibly expressive and aromatic but will benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age and evolve nicely for 15-20 years.”

Jeb Dunnuck: 93 Points for Promis 2018

Jeb Dunnuck has awarded 93 points to Promis 2018. “Based on a mix of Merlot, Syrah, and Sangiovese, the 2018 Promis has a Pomerol-like nose of ripe black cherries, damp earth, tobacco, and cedary spice. Medium to full-bodied and incredibly elegant, with silky tannins on the palate, this beauty just begs to be drunk, and I see no need to delay gratification. It should evolve gracefully for a good decade.”

Jeb Dunnuck: 92 Points for Vistamare 2019

Jeb Dunnuck has awarded 92 points to Vistamare 2019. “A blend of Vermentino and Viognier, the 2019 Vistamare reminds me of a classy Condrieu from the likes of Stéphane Ogier. Lots of ripe citrus, orange blossom, white peach, and a kiss of salinity all emerge from this beautiful, medium to full-bodied, elegant white that has a great mouthfeel and lip-smacking acidity. It’s going to just sing with seafood and should keep for a handful of years, although I suspect it’s best drunk in its youth.”

Wine Spectator: 93 Points for Camarcanda 2017

Bruce Sanderson of Wine Spectator has awarded 93 points to Camarcanda 2017. “A dense, taut version, evoking black cherry, blackberry, violet, iron and tobacco flavors, this is crystalline and precise, with a well-integrated structure for support. Offers fine purity and a long, fruit-driven aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2032.”  Click Here For The Press Kit

Wine Spectator: 92 Points for Magari 2017

  Bruce Sanderson of Wine Spectator has awarded 92 points to Magari 2017. “There is purity to this red, from the focused black cherry, black currant and wild herb flavors to the vibrant acidity and refined tannins. This is sleek and elegant, with a light chalky feel on the finish. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2021 through 2035.” Click Here For The Press Kit

Wine Spectator: 90 Points for Promis 2017

Bruce Sanderson of Wine Spectator has awarded 90 points to Promis 2017. “Black cherry, plum, earth and sanguine flavors highlight this powerful red, which is concentrated yet fluid, and the well-integrated structure bodes well for the future. Fine balance and length. Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese. Drink now through 2030.” Click Here For The Press Kit

Wine Spectator: 92 Points for Camarcanda 2016

Bruce Sanderson of Wine Spectator has awarded 93 points to Camarcanda 2016. “Austere in aroma, this red reveals intense flavors of cherry, raspberry, rose and mineral. Firmly structured, yet stays on course with a laser of fruit. Vanilla and toast notes chime in on the finish. Fine balance, length and complexity. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2021 through 2033. 300 cases imported.”

James Suckling: 94 Points for Camarcanda 2016

 James Suckling has awarded 94 points to Camarcanda 2016. “Fragrant florals punctuate the nose, ranging from lavender to hyacinth, and there are hints of heather and thyme, too. Citrusy undertones abound. There’s a profundity to the center palate, which is decked out in sheets of dark fruit-flavored, muscular tannins that retain a telltale elegance, as they envelop the peripheries of the mouth. Long and mineral, this is a delightful wine now and will continue to open up as the years go by. Drink from 2023.”

James Suckling: 93 Points for Magari 2017

James Suckling awarded 93 Points to Ca’ Marcanda Magari 2017. “This is a pure, focused Bolgheri with bright blueberries, freshly picked blackcurrants and citrus. All the more impressively in this hot vintage, the tannins are very tightly strung, fine and grainy, while the finish is medium-long and vivacious. Great drive and composure to this medium-to full-bodied red. Drink from 2021.”  

Wine Spectator: 93 Points for Camarcanda 2016

Bruce Sanderson of Wine Spectator has awarded 93 points to Camarcanda 2016. “Austere in aroma, this red reveals intense flavors of cherry, raspberry, rose and mineral. Firmly structured, yet stays on course with a laser of fruit. Vanilla and toast notes chime in on the finish. Fine balance, length and complexity. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2021 through 2033. 300 cases imported.”

Jeb Dunnuck: 96 Points for Camarcanda 2016

Jeb Dunnuck has awarded 96 points to Camarcanda 2016. “The 2016 Ca’Marcanda sports an almost opaque purple color as well as a heavenly bouquet of blackcurrants, smoked earth, charcoal, graphite, and tobacco. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc, aged 18 months in French oak, this full-bodied, remarkably pure red has ultra-fine tannins, plenty of acidity (although it’s perfectly integrated), flawless balance, and a great, great finish. Drink this beautiful, sexy Toscana over the coming 15 years or more.”  

Wine Advocate: 91+ Points for Vistamare 2017

  Monica Larner of Robert Parker Wine Advocate awarded 91+ points to Vistamare 2017. “This is this publication’s first review for Vistamare, which has been produced since 2009. The 2017 Vistamare is a blend of 45% Vermentino, 40% Viognier and 15% Fiano. The Vermentino and Fiano are fermented in stainless steel, while the Viognier goes into wood—some with lees aging and some not, to avoid it being too heavy and fat. The vines are shaded, thanks to the leafy canopy (with a view of the sea in Bibbona, hence the name “vistamare”), to keep the fruit cool and to preserve

Wine Advocate: 97 Points for Camarcanda 2016

Monica Larner of Robert Parker Wine Advocate awarded 97 points to Camarcanda 2016. “This is another beautiful creation from the Gaja family. The 2016 Bolgheri Rosso Camarcanda (Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc) is infinitely smooth and finely textured down to the very last pixel in what is a high-resolution panoramic photograph. The core of the wine is packed tight with an explosion of flavor and concentration with so much dark fruit, spice, tobacco and sweet tobacco that unfurls from deep inside. This wine will have a long and, I am quite sure, very happy aging future ahead. It shows utmost precision

Wine Advocate: 94+ Points for Magari 2017

Monica Larner of Robert Parker Wine Advocate awarded 94+ Points to Ca’ Marcanda Magari 2017. “This wine is released before the Camarcanda blend. Angelo Gaja and his family have worked this vintage with a deft hand. This hot 2017 growing conditions have been harnessed for their positive attributes, such as the thickness and the dark concentration of the fruit and, consequently, the wine’s freshness. Any negative implications have been absolutely eliminated and worked through. Nothing escapes Angelo’s watchful eye. The 2017 Bolgheri Rosso Magari is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Some 78,000 bottles were produced.”

James Suckling: 93 Points for Promis 2017

James Suckling awarded 93 points to Ca’ Marcanda Promis 2017. “This is an inviting, colorful red with tea-tree oil, blueberries, violets and lavender. Hints of fresh herbs. Taut, fluid and zesty, it is finely sliced into grippy portions of tannins that sandwich elegant flavors of dark fruit interlaced with carefully tuned acidity. Drink now or hold.”

Jeb Dunnuck: 90 Points for Vistamare 2016

  Jeb Dunnuck has awarded 90 points to Vistamare 2016. “A blend of 60% Vermentino and 40% Viognier, the 2016 Vistamare offers outstanding notes of white peach, citrus blossom, and a hint of citrus rind. It fleshes out nicely on the palate with medium-bodied richness, solid mid-palate depth, juicy acidity and a clean finish.”

James Suckling: 92 Points for Promis 2016

James Suckling awarded 92 points to Ca’ Marcanda Promis 2016. “Aromas of dark berries, licorice and sandalwood following through to medium to full body with firm tannins. A juicy and delicious finish. Drink in 2019.”

James Suckling: 93 Points for Magari 2016

James Suckling awarded 93 Points to Ca’ Marcanda Magari 2016. “A very fresh nose with tons of dark fruit, such as brambleberries, blueberries and dark cherries, as well as vanilla, dried herbs and eucalyptus. Medium to full body, fresh acidity and a tight finish. Try in 2021.”  

James Suckling: 92 Points for Camarcanda 2015

 James Suckling has awarded 92 points to Camarcanda 2015. “A very fresh nose with notes of lavender, herbs, licorice and nutmeg. Medium to full body, a really driven line of acidity and a long, very taut finish. Wood shows at the end. Needs two or three years to soften. Better in 2020.”

Wine Spectator: Ca’ Marcanda Earns Two-94 Point Ratings

May 16, 2018 Camarcanda 2015: “A tightly wound version, with black cherry, blueberry, tobacco and iron flavors etched into a sleek, tensile texture. Balanced on the tannic side and in need of a grilled steak or lamb. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2021 through 2033.”– Bruce Sanderson. Magari 2016: “Black currant and black cherry fruit mingles with mint, olive, graphite and tobacco notes in this red. Elegant, with ample density and bright acidity, ending in a firm, fruit-, mineral- and herb-tinged aftertaste. Well-proportioned and classy. Cabernet Franc blend. Best from 2020 through 2030.”– Bruce Sanderson.

Vinous: 2016 Magari Garners 92 Points

“The 2016 Magari is a dark, powerful wine. In most vintages, Magari is a wine of Tuscan charm, but powerful tannins give the 2016 a somewhat compact feel. There is plenty of depth to the black fruit, mocha, new leather and spice flavors, but the 2016 is clearly very young. There is not much Bolgheri charm in the early going. The 2016 is going to need at least a few years in the bottle to come together.” Drinking Window: 2021 – 2031 – Antonio Galloni, Tasting date: April 2018  

Vinous: 2016 Promis Gets 91 Pts

“The 2016 Promis is fresh, floral and inviting. Bright raspberry and floral notes, along with mid-weight structure, make the 2016 an ideal wine for drinking now and over the next few years. This is an especially refined, gracious Maremma red.” Drinking Window: 2018-2020 – Antonio Galloni, Tasting date: April 2018

Bolgheri Magari 2015: Wine Pick of the Day’ in Wine Spectator on 3/31/2018

Bolgheri Magari 2015: 92 Points “Plump Cherry, black currant and plum fruit is matched by hints of wild herbs, pine and mint in this fluid red. Fine harmony and intensity midpalate carries through to the lingering aftertaste of black currant, herbs and spice. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2024. 5,000 cases made.” – Bruce Sanderson  

Wine Spectator: Bolgheri Ca’ Marcanda 2010 and 2015 Each Receive 95 Point Scores

Angelo Gaja came to Bolgheri in 1996. He planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah in different parcels on his Bolgheri estate according to soil type and composition. The flagship Camarcanda initially was based on Merlot, but recent vintages rely mainly on Cabernet Sauvignon. Magari comes from different parcels on the estatel; it is mostly Cabernet Franc, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Promis, a broader blend that includes vineyards in Bibbona, is mostly half Merlot, with Syrah and Sangiovese. Bolgheri Ca’ Marcanda 2007 – 93 Points Bolgheri Ca’ Marcanda 2010 – 95 Points Bolgheri Ca’ Marcanda 2013 –

WS: Excerpts from Article on Bolgheri: Tuscany’s Napa

Bolgheri has become a world-class wine region by challenging conventions and adopting international grapes By Bruce Sanderson Below are excerpts related to Gaja from this article. Bolgheri is the coastal outpost of Tuscany. Located two hours drive west of Siena, it stretches 8 miles along the Mediterranean, from Bibbona southward to beyond Donoratico. The political boundary is the commune of Castagneto Carducci, named after Giosuè Carducci, a poet who won Italy’s first Nobel prize in literature, in 1906. Carducci lived in the area and often wrote about the rugged yet charming countryside. “By the mid-1990s, the quality of the wines

Wine Spectator: Toscana Promis 2015 91 Points

“There is purity to the cherry and black currant fruit, laid out on a velvety texture, with hints of cedar, sandalwood and green olive. Harmonious, long and ready to enjoy. Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese. Drink now through 2024. 6,250 cases made.” – Bruce Sanderson  

Daily Meal – Piedmont Soul & Tuscan Soil: Gaja Breaks Ground in Bolgheri with Ca’ Marcanda Wines

When your name is known around the world for producing some of Italy’s most extraordinary wines, staying in the relative comfort zone of your vineyards in Piedmont would be the safe thing to do. Lucky for us, the Gaja family does not believe in playing it safe. Gaja’s winemaking roots in Piedmont run deep and can be traced back to 1859. But Gaja’s journey towards icon status really kicked off in 1961 when Angelo Gaja began working at the family winery after completing studies in enology at Alba and Montpellier. Angelo introduced innovations that revolutionized winemaking at his family’s winery

Ca’Marcanda turns 20!

These have been twenty exciting years full of many satisfactions. Thanks to the beauty of the place, the peace that the landscape instils, and the elegance and the fullness of its wines, our love for Bolgheri renews itself every day. These have been twenty years of commitment, experimentation and research to fully express the characteristics of the soils, to elevate the wines’ aging potential and their elegance. To represent the exceptional territory of Bolgheri, in the last three years we have also re-thought some of our vineyards. We favored more late ripening varieties, able to express fresh notes and more moderate

James Suckling on Promis: ‘Succulent and Delicious’

Here’s a new review of the 2014 Promis from veteran journalist and wine critic James Suckling: GAJA Ca’Marcanda Toscana Promis 2014 90 points A soft and fruity red with subtle tannins, light chocolate and currant character. Medium Finish. Succulent and delicious. Drink now. See more at JamesSuckling.com.

Promis 2014 Tasting Notes Released

The 2014 has been overall a small crop due to the challenge of the very cool and rainy year. However, it has been a pleasing vintage expressing intense and mineral wines. Climate and harvest The 2014 weather trend has been marked by a mild winter, a cool and rainy spring and a moderately warm and quite rainy summer, especially in July when we counted 20 episodes of rainfalls. The temperatures have been far below the annual average, never exceeding 29°C. The winds, typical and constant in the Bolgheri region, were less evident than usual. Instead of the cool and dry

Magari 2014 Tasting Notes Released

The 2014 has been overall a small crop due to the challenge of the very cool and rainy year. However, it has been a pleasing vintage expressing intense and mineral wines. Climate and harvest The 2014 weather trend has been marked by a mild winter, a cool and rainy spring and a moderately warm and quite rainy summer, especially in July when we counted 20 episodes of rainfalls. The temperatures have been far below the annual average, never exceeding 29°C. The winds, typical and constant in the Bolgheri region, were less evident than usual. Instead of the cool and dry

Vistamare 2015 Tasting Notes Released

The 2015 has been a positive vintage, notably in the Bolgheri area. Drinkability and juiciness are the features of this vintage which shows balance between acidity and perfectly ripen grape. Climate and harvest The 2015 winter has been a cold one followed by a rainy spring, thus providing the appropriate amount of water reserves to the soil and also decisively hampering the diseases pressure in the vineyards. The 2015 summer started with a positive and balanced situation in the vineyard, which has been crucial to face the very high temperatures of July and August. Very little selection has been necessary in

Vistamare 2014 Tasting Notes Released

The 2014 vintage produced a small crop due to the challenge of the very cool and rainy year. However, it has been a pleasing vintage expressing intense and mineral wines.   Climate and harvest The 2014 vintage was marked by a mild winter, a cool and rainy spring and a moderately warm and quite rainy summer, especially in July when we counted 20 separate rainfalls. The temperatures were far below the annual average, never exceeding 29°C. The winds, typical and constant in the Bolgheri region, were less evident than usual. Instead of the cool and dry northerly Tramontana wind, the

Camarcanda 2012 Tasting Notes Released

The 2012 vintage was characterized by warm, sunny and dry weather. Compared to the mostly constant heat in 2011, the 2012 temperatures were less consistent, mitigated by the cooling autumn rainfalls. The Camarcanda 2012 shows generous and lively aromas with a supple and silky body. Climate and harvest The 2012 winter was particularly dry, with two weeks of intense low temperatures in February. The following rainy spring provided the soil with the proper amount of water, which was crucial during the dry and hot 2012 summer. Despite the warm temperatures of the summer, the daily coastal winds balanced the heat

Ca’Marcanda Scores 92+ Points in Wine Advocate

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

Ca’ Marcanda Magari Featured in Fortune Magazine

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 Ca’ Marcanda Magari 2013 by GAJA “The family-run label Gaja

CAMARCANDA

The winery’s flagship wine takes its name from the estate, Ca’ Marcanda, the house of endless negotiations.

MAGARI

Magari means if only it were true!, an expression used often in Italian to express desire, hope, and a vision of a bright future.

PROMIS

The proprietary name Promis (pronounced proh-MEESS) was created by the Gaja family to denote commitment, expectation, fulfillment, and hope: the promise of quality and the reward of diligence and excellence.

VISTAMARE

The playful name of this wine was inspired by the sea breeze, sun, and cheerful and light-hearted outlook of the Tuscan coast.

Top Sommeliers Recommend Ca’Marcanda Promis in Robb Report

Three of the most respected sommeliers in the U.S.– David Orellana at Scarpetta in New York, Domenico D’Anna at Dolce in Miami, and Ryan Ibsen at Bestia in Los Angeles—recommend their top Super Tuscan picks on http://www.RobbReport.com: Ca’Marcanda 2012 Promis Made up of 55% Merlot, 35% Syrah, and 10% Sangiovese, this dark garnet-colored blend opens with nicely balanced aromas of blackberry and red cherry, then follows with soft oaky notes and hints of tobacco and dark chocolate.  To read the full article, please click here.

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator 92 Points for 2012 Magari

From Jan 31/Feb 28 2015 issue of Wine Spectator: Ca’ Marcanda Bolgheri Magari 2012 92 points Rich and bursting with cedar, licorice, black currant and sandalwood aromas and flavors, this red is dense and chewy. Balanced and long, this begs for grilled steak or a roast. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2022.—BRUCE SANDERSON

Ca’Marcanda – One of the Best Wineries in Tuscany in Travel + Leisure

In a recent article published by Travel + Leisure, Ca ‘Marcanda is recommended as one of the top wineries in Tuscany to visit. “…do try and see Angelo Gaja’s masterfully designed winery Ca’Marcanda. It is underground (not a small accomplishment in a flat valley) with an ancient grove of olives replanted on top of it.”– Ferenc Máté (Travel +Leisure local expert) Click here to read the full article.

2014 Harvest Report – Bolgheri-Ca’ Marcanda

During 2014 vintage we noticed several similarities in the climatic trend of the four areas in which we operate: Barbaresco, Barolo, Bolgheri and Montalcino. Generally speaking: The vintage was distinguished by mild winter and a warm spring. Summer time brought a high level of unpredictability to the weather, with abundant rainfalls above average. In such a kind of condition, punctual and frequent preventive interventions were crucial to keep the quality level of the grapes. To allow the perfect grape ripening, we increased and hastened the leaves thinning. Meanwhile, the natural grassing of the soil was crucial to contrast any kind

Camaranda one of Tuscany’s “top wines” writes Wine Spectator’s Bruce Sanderson

Ca’ Marcanda Bolgheri Camarcanda 2010 95 points Wine Spectator, Oct., 2014 The Ca’ Marcanda Bolgheri Camarcanda 2010 is one of Tuscany’s “top wines,” writes Bruce Sanderson in the October 2014 issue of Wine Spectator. “Powerful, showing cherry, blackberry, cedar and oak spice flavors, with mouthcoating tannins and a fresh aftertaste.” Sanderson includes the wine in his list of “top wines from Tuscany,” awarding it 95 points. It’s “the best Camarcanda to date from vines that are now 13 years old,” he notes, calling the estate a “quality leader” in Bolgheri.

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator 92 points for 2011 Promis

From Wine Spectator Insider April 9, 2014: Ca’ Marcanda Toscana Promis 2011 92 points Bright, evoking ripe cherry, blackberry, black currant and spice flavors, this red is supported by acidity and firm tannins. Comes together on the finish, leaving a chalky, minerally aftertaste. Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese. Best from 2016 through 2024.—Bruce Sanderson

New Wine Advocate Scores

Angelo Gaja oozes enthusiasm for all his wine endeavors. But he shows a special degree of love and passion when it comes to his estate in Bolgheri, Ca’ Marcanda. As I write this introduction, I am sifting through my email inbox where Angelo has deposited a slew of areal photographs of his beloved estate, each one adding to a progressive timeline of the construction and olive tree landscaping completed over the past decade. Inaugurated in 2000, the winery sits on flatland but is almost completely hidden under a layer of earth. Unlike his historic cellars in Barbaresco that represents a