Ca' Marcanda
(Gaja) "Magari" Toscana I.G.T. 2019
(Tuscany, Italy) 750mL - [W&S 95] [WA 94] [TWI 94] [JS 93] [DM 92] [WS 91]

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About the Winery:
The story of the Gaja winery can be traced to a singular, founding purpose: to produce original wines with a sense of place which reflect the tradition and culture of those who made it. This philosophy has inspired five generations of impeccable winemaking. It started over 150 years ago when Giovanni Gaja opened a small restaurant in Barbaresco, making wine to complement the food he served. In 1859, he founded the Gaja winery, producing some of the first wine from Piedmont to be bottled and sold outside the region. 

Moving beyond his native Piedmont, Angelo Gaja was compelled to risk starting something new. Inexorably drawn by a unique piece of land and the promise of his dream – to bring his winemaking expertise to Maremma – he made the long drive from Barbaresco to Bolgheri. After purchasing his Pieve Santa Restituta property in 1994, Angelo purchased a second Tuscan property, naming it “CaMarcanda” in 1996. Located in Castagneto Carducci in Bolgheri, this land is ideal for Bordeaux varietals, allowing perfect ripening conditions to produce elegant wines suitable for aging.

The winery's flagship wine takes its name from the estate, ca'marcanda, the house of endless negotiations. The name refers to the many hours that Angelo Gaja spent convincing the property's previous owners to sell the estate vineyard that produces this wine to him. This vineyard is one of the stoniest sites of the Ca'Marcanda estate in Castegneto Carducci (Bolgheri). Its 100% terre bianche (white soils) are ideal for producing long-lived, structured wines.

Tasting Notes:
The 2019 Magari has Glowing, intense color and shows a complex character without being brash. The nose opens up little by little, it starts fresh to then develop to ripe red fruits, followed by graphite, juniper and liquorice. The palate is sweet and long, with notes of mulberry and sour cherry. The fine-grained tannins are extremely silky. The finish is sapid.

Blend: 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot

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.

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.

Ratings & Reviews

95 Points - Wine & Spirits:

"Cabernet franc makes up 60 per- cent of Magari, bolstering the blend’s structure and freshness (it no longer includes merlot). The wine’s flavors of blackcurrant and plum show a pleasant tangy edge, its earthy tannins firmly guiding the fruit tones without overwhelming them. Hints of licorice and graphite emerge with air, and the dark fruit mingles with iodine notes on the long, seamless finish."

94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The Ca' Marcanda 2019 Bolgheri Rosso Magari offers a surprisingly subtle side to the three very powerful grapes that make up the blend. These are Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The bouquet is generous and full, with an intricate embroidery of lavender flower, garden herb, black fruit, spice and tobacco. You might even detect a hint of black olive. Magari is structured and solid but never heavy, and it offers a good sense of fresh acidity that makes for a lively and bright finish. That more acidic vein is neatly folded into ample fruity sweetness and flavor." - Monica Larner (Oct 2021)
94 Points - The Wine Independent:
" This 2019 Ca'Marcanda Magari from Bolgheri is a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. Layers of gentle oak spice and sweet tobacco assail the nose at first but there is a certain charm and allure underneath as a note of bright cherry shines through with light green, fresh earth notes. It has an elegant and pretty palate with a lovely silky texture, fresh acidity and gentle tannins." (Jan 2023)

93 Points - James Suckling:
"This is a firm yet velvety-textured red with blackberry, sage, pine-needle and dried-flower aromas and flavors. It’s medium-to full-bodied with a lovely mouth feel and a long finish. Drink after 2023, when everything will have come more together." (Aug 2021)

92 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"In contrast to the 2004, the 2019 Magari has no Merlot; instead it's composed of 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. It's a floral expression, with lavender and violet scents and bright red and black berries. There's a touch of cream on the palate alongside ripe black fruits, black tea and wild strawberry, leading to a slightly spicy finish. Softly textured but well structured, it displays great balance and should improve in the cellar for years to come." - James Button (Apr 2022)

91 Points - Wine Spectator:
"Starts out rich, yet underscored by vibrant acidity and a line of refined tannins, which provide the support for this red's black currant, black cherry, wild herb and iron flavors. Finishes lean and firm. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2023 through 2030." - BS (Oct 2021)