The playful name of this wine was inspired by the sea breeze, sun, and cheerful and light-hearted outlook of the Tuscan coast. “Vistamare” means sea view and is often used by the coastal hoteliers to entice would-be guests, even though their rooms may only offer a limited view of the Mediterranean. The vineyards used for Vistamare actually enjoy a panoramic view of the Tuscan horizon and their grapes are gently touched by the saltine air and brilliant colors of the Tuscan sea.
2017 was a warm vintage of great complexity and yet refreshing drinkability. The mild and dry winter, followed by a warmer and drier than usual spring and summer, led to an early bud break resulting in an early ripening – a couple of weeks earlier than usual. Due to the dry growing conditions, the disease pressure has been almost inexistent. Overall, the 2017 resulted in extremely low production combined with great quality level. Given these peculiar conditions, the aim of both the vineyard management and the winemaking approach has focused on safeguarding the freshness and balancing the remarkable sugar concentration. Therefore the little leaf-thinning and the early picking in the vineyards, have been followed by a short maceration and very gentle extraction operations in the cellar.
The 2017 wines feature a bright and intense color along with a concentrated, powerful, yet balanced, character. The harvest begun on August 7 with Viognier and ended on August 25 with Fiano.
Vistamare is a very limited production wine and the only white wine produced by the Ca‘ Marcanda estate, providing wine collectors with a true gem: Angelo Gaja’s exclusive expression of Tuscan white wine.
Appellation: Toscana IGT
Varieties: 40% Vermentino, 40% Viognier, and 20% Fiano.
Vineyards: Various estate-owned sites
Color: Clear and bright green-lemon
Tasting Notes: Intense floral notes of acacia and linden flowers. The refreshing presence of Fiano gives notes of fern, musk and menthol. On the palate, it is fresh and compact with notes of bergamot, pear, nectarine and white currant. Then it shifts toward a more mineral and spicy character, with notes of flint, rosemary, saffron. The wine gets riper in the finish with hints of mango, almond and fig leaves..
Fermentation: The varieties are fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks and barrels. The Vermentino has been fermented in stainless steel and concrete tanks, while the Viogner in 500 liter French and Austrian tonneaux and a part in smaller wooden casks. The Fiano ferments half in steel and half in wood (500 liter tonneaux). The varieties are all fermented separately and then blended together to make the final wine.
First vintage produced: 2009