This wine derives its name from Ca’Marcanda, the winery. Ca’Marcanda is the Piedmontese term for “house of endless negotiations” and it refers to the many hours that Angelo Gaja spent convincing the property’s previous owners to sell the estate to him. This vineyard is from one of the stoniest sites of the Ca’Marcanda estate in Castegneto Carducci (Bolgheri). Its 100% terre bianche (white soils) that are ideal for producing long-lived wines. This is the winery’s flagship wine and is only produced in exceptional years, guaranteeing quality and assurance to buyers and collectors. Juiciness and concentration are the features of the 2015 vintage which shows elegance and yet drinkability.
The 2014 winter has been a cold one followed by a rainy spring, thus providing the appropriate amount of water reserves to the soil and decisively hampering the disease pressure in the vineyards. The summer in 2015 started with a positive and harmonious 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 grapes entering the cellar were clean and healthy. Fermentation went regularly and without arrests, resulting in medium-to-high acidity wines with remarkable fresh aromas. The harvest began with Cabernet Franc on September 11 and ended with Cabernet Sauvignon on September 29.
Appellation: Bolgheri DOP
Grapes: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc.
Soil: Terre bianche, white stony soils, rich in calcareous clay, with good drainage, ideal for the cultivation of long-lived, structured wine.
Tasting notes: With respect to the previous vintage, the higher proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Camarcanda 2015 leads to a precise and straightforward character. The nose opens with earthy and balsamic notes of violet, roots, bark and sap. The palate is rich, with concentrated and crunchy notes of blackberry, blueberry, licorice, flint and red orange. The finish is savory, almost meaty, with a precise note of iron that lingers in the aftertaste. Fine–grained tannins, embraced by a mellow body of strong personality. The backbone of this wine is the firm structure perfectly balanced by the fruit concentration. Remarkable ageing potential.
Vineyards: planted on white soil rich in limestone, firm clay and stones.
Fermentation: The two varieties ferment and macerate separately for around 15 days.
Ageing: After 18 months of ageing in oak, they are blended and then aged for several months in the bottle before being released.
First Vintage: 2000