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Ca’Marcanda turns 20!

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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 alcohol. The Merlot vineyards have been downsized to include only the areas that proved consistency and quality potential in line with our goals.

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On some vineyards, we preferred grafting Cabernet Franc, which over the years charmed us with its freshness and its botanical notes. We considered other vineyards more suitable to express the floral and dark fruit notes, elegant and compact tannins
of Cabernet Sauvignon. Thus, from 2015 vintage, the Ca’Marcanda wines will partially change their composition.

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PROMIS will not change in its blend: through the years, its fulfilling perfumes have acquired complexity and its body has become juicier and silkier.
MAGARI will predominantly be made of Cabernet Franc with a small addition of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The last two will contribute to its structure, acidity, roundness and color.
CAMARCANDA has not been bottled in the 2014 vintage and starting from 2015 it will be composed mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon with a small percentage of Cabernet Franc.

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The blends are thus the following:

PROMIS

55% MERLOT
35% SYRAH
10% SANGIOVESE

MAGARI

60% CABERNET FRANC
30% CABERNET SAUVIGNON
10% PETIT VERDOT

CAMARCANDA

80% CABERNET SAUVIGNON
20% CABERNET FRANC

James Suckling on Promis: ‘Succulent and Delicious’

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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

2014 promis bottleThe 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 northerly Tramontana wind, the warm and southerly Scirocco made sporadic appearances throughout the whole of September. To ensure healthy and evenly ripe grapes we proceeded with the heaviest leaves thinning ever done in our vineyards. We also had to go through the toughest grape selection which lead us to a 50% reduction in the overall production. The harvest has been late, it begun on September 15 with Merlot and ended with Cabernet Sauvignon on October 4.

Tasting notes
The 2014 weather trend has benefited the early ripening varieties. In particular, both Merlot and Syrah have performed well in Promis 2014. Bright and lively purple-nuanced color. The nose opens up with sweet notes of blackberry and black cherry, followed by the typical Syrah spiciness – notably cinnamon, black pepper and clove. In the mouth, the Merlot-core of the wine is open and fulfilling, lightened by the juiciness from Sangiovese. The final is remarkably fresh, with notes of moist earth, fresh-cut grass and roots.

Vineyards
In Bolgheri and in the neighboring area of Bibbona, mainly planted on dark soils full of lime and clay.

Appellation
Toscana I.G.T.

Grape varieties
55% Merlot, 35% Syrah, 10%Sangiovese

Winemaking method
The three varieties ferment and macerate separately for around 15 days. After 12 months of ageing in oak, they are blended and then aged for several months in the bottle before release.

First vintage produced
2000

Magari 2014 Tasting Notes Released

2014 magari bottleThe 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 northerly Tramontana wind, the warm and southerly Scirocco made sporadic appearances throughout the whole of September. To ensure healthy and evenly ripe grapes we proceeded with the heaviest leaves thinning ever done in our vineyards. We also had to go through the toughest grape selection which lead us to a 50% reduction in the overall production. The harvest has been late, it begun on September 15 with Merlot and ended with Cabernet Sauvignon on October 4.

Tasting notes
Deep and vivid purple color. In the bouquet of 2014 Magari features well the fresh and floral character of Cabernet Franc. It takes a while to open up, but when it does the nose expresses complex aromas of balsamic herbs – notably mint and eucalyptus – ink and sweet spices. It also has a particular hint of anise and dill, lavender and violet flowers. In the mouth is juicy and sweet, with notes of crunchy black cherry. The wine is well balanced and harmonic in the final.

Vineyards
In Bolgheri, both on dark soil rich in lime and clay, and white soil full of limestone, clay and stones.

Appellation
Bolgheri D.O.C.

Grape varieties
50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc

Winemaking method
The three varieties ferment and macerate separately for around 15 days. After 12 months of ageing in oak, they are blended and then aged for several months in the bottle before release.

First vintage produced
2000

Vistamare 2015 Tasting Notes Released

2015 vistamare bottleThe 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 the vineyard, and the 2015 grape which entered the cellar was clean and healthy. The fermentations have carried out regularly and without arrests, resulting in medium-to high acidity wines with remarkable fresh aromas. The harvest began with Viognier on August 27 and ended with Vermentino on September 11. The 2015 Vistamare displays a pleasant readiness to drinking.

Tasting notes
Clear and bright green-lemon color. The nose open up with typical Vermentino notes: white flowers and crispy citrus fruit. Viognier finds its expression through notes of melon, apricot and mirabelle plum. In the mouth, the blend of Vistamare finds its perfect balance, with Vermentino providing freshness and drinkability, while Viognier gives body and roundness to the palate. In the finish is clean and inviting with an almost salty touch, proving the sea-facing exposure of the Vistamare vineyards.

Vineyards
Lying on a sweet hillside overlooking the Tyrrhenian coast, the Vistamare vineyards benefit from the great luminosity and the heady marine breeze.

Appellation
Toscana I.G.T.

Grape varieties
60% Vermentino, 40% Viognier

Winemaking method
The two varieties ferment separately, Vermentino in steel vats and Viognier in wood. Then, Vermentino ages for 6 months in steel while Viognier in oak, and finally they are blended.

First vintage produced
2009

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.

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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 warm and southerly Scirocco made its sporadic appearance throughout the whole September. To ensure healthy and evenly ripe grapes we thinned the heaviest leaves in our vineyards. We also had to go through the toughest grape selection which lead us to a 40% reduction in the overall production. The harvest was also late: it begun on September 15 with the Viognier and ended on October 4 with the Vermentino. 

Tasting notes

Fresh and floral bouquet of elderflower, acacia flower and lily, with a balsamic hint of white musk and anise. The palate is open and rich in stone fruit—like white peach and fresh apricot—with light notes of passion fruit and lychee. The pleasant acidity hints to the cool weather trend of this vintage and supports the drinkability. The high mineral content, which leads to an almost salty end, reminds us of the vineyard’s proximity to the sea.

Vineyards

Lying on a hillside overlooking the Tyrrhenian coast, the Vistamare vineyards benefit from the great luminosity and the heady marine breeze.

Grape varieties

60% Vermentino, 40% Viognier

Winemaking method

The two varieties ferment separately, Vermentino in steel vats and Viognier in wood. Then, Vermentino ages for 6 months in steel while Viognier in oak, and finally they are blended.

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.

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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 in August and few rain showers in September lead to a regular and gentle grape ripening. The harvest began on September 3 with the Merlot and ended on September 27 with the Sangiovese. Merlot benefited particularly from the spring rainfalls and the moisture-retaining limestone and clay soils that characterize Camarcanda vineyard, while the steady warm temperatures all throughout the summer favored the ripening of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were healthy and perfectly ripe, however the particularly small berries and small harvest resulted in a 30 percent drop in production.

Tasting notes

The bouquet displays notes of spirit cherries, rhubarb, green pepper, lemon zest and cassis. In the glass these fresh aromas evolve into broom flowers, medical herbs, mint and sandal. The same aromas are expressed in the palate, accompanied by a persistent and fresh end, smooth and sweet tannins.

Vineyards

Planted on white soil rich in limestone, firm clay and stones.

Winemaking method

The three varieties ferment and macerate separately for around 15 days. After 18 months of ageing in oak, they are blended and then aged for several months in the bottle before being released.