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.”
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.”
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 the acidity. The 2017 vintage shows concentrated freshness with Mediterranean notes of mint and sage.”
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 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 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 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 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.”
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.
“The 2015 Ca’ Marcanda is one of the most polished, sensual wines I have tasted from the Gaja family’s Ca’ Marcanda estate. Beautifully layered and silky on the palate, with striking aromatic nuance, the 2015 is super-impressive. Cedar, tobacco, crushed flowers and herbs are some of the many notes that open up in this undeniably appealing mid-weight wine.”
Drinking Window: 2022-2035
Antonio Galloni, Tasting date: April 2018