(Gaja) "Magari" Toscana I.G.T. 2019
(Tuscany, Italy) 750mL - [W&S 95] [WA 94] [TWI 94] [JS 93] [DM 92] [WS 91]
Regular price $125.00 Sale price $79.97 Save $45.03
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.
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 VerdotVineyards: 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.
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."