(Gaja) "CaMarcanda" Toscana IGT 2013
(Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy) - [WS 95] [WA 95] [JD 93] [WE 92] [VM 91]
Regular price $185.00 Sale price $169.99 Save $15.01
The winery's flagship wine takes its name from the estate, the 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.
Grape Variety/Varieties: 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
Length/Type of Fermentation: Separate for the three varieties, which are blended in the January or February after the harvest.
Length/Type of Aging: The wine ages in new and slightly used barriques for 18 months and undergoes at least 12 months of bottle aging at the winery before being released on the market.
Ratings & Reviews
95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Angelo Gaja and his daughter Gaia Gaja don't make Bolgheri Superiore wines, although this wine qualifies as such. The 2013 Bolgheri Rosso Camarcanda shows the pedigree of the vintage and the importance this top shelf wine deserves. This is an exceptional blend of Merlot with Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc that is challenging to taste next to the 2014 Magari, which is so radically different. Camarcanda reveals Gaja's signature touch with full and generous fruit layers that are backed by spice, leather, tobacco and lovely succulence. The wine is integrated and smooth with long-lasting favors and beautiful tannin management. Despite its heft, the wine is elegant and silky through and through." - Monica Larner (30th Oct 2016)
95 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Very Bordeaux-like, this red offers plum, cherry, coffee, green olive and spice aromas and flavors. Taut and dense, with a long, fresh finish that exudes cedar, sandalwood and green olive notes. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2018 through 2030. 1,200 cases made." – BS (Mar 2017)
93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"The 2013 Camarcanda is the last vintage with Merlot and is 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Cabernet Franc. While they didn’t bottle this cuvee in 2014, going forward, it will move towards a Cabernet Sauvignon dominated release with the idea to be 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc. The 2013 is a terrific wine and gives up tons of plum and black cherry fruits, notes of gravelly earth, and tobacco. Possessing medium to full-bodied richness, some obvious oak, impressive concentration, and a great finish, give bottles a few years and enjoy over the following 15+." - Jeb Dunnuck (3/12/2018)
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Black currant, exotic spice, grilled bell pepper and fragrant purple flower are some of the aromas you'll find on this elegant blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The vibrant linear palate delivers raspberry, red currant, licorice, French oak and vanilla alongside bright acidity and fine-grained tannins." - KO (Mar 2017)
91 Points - Antonio Galloni:
"The flagship 2013 Camarcanda is another attractive wine from this Gaja family's Bolgheri property. Soft, succulent fruit and mid-weight structure suggest the 2013 is best suited to near and medium-term drinking. Dark raspberry, black cherry, menthol, licorice and tobacco infuse the juicy, polished finish." (Nov 2016)