Gaja "Darmagi" Langhe DOC 2010
(Piedmont, Italy) - [VM 92] [ST 92+]
Regular price $265.00 Sale price $239.97 Save $25.03
Angelo Gaja forever changed the world's notion of Piedmont wines when he released this historic wine for the first time in 1985 (with the 1982 vintage), made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes planted in the township of Barbaresco. According to the often told legend, Angelo Gaja's father exclaimed "darmagi!" upon learning that his son had planted Cabernet Sauvignon in vineyards previously devoted to Piedmont's traditional Nebbiolo grape. Akin to the French quel dommage, the Piedmontese expression darmagi means what a pity! or what a shame!. With his characteristic respect for tradition and those who came before him, the younger Gaja decided to call this wine Darmagi, a homage to his family's legacy with an eye toward the future.
Today, fruit for this wine is sourced from 5 acres in Barbaresco, where growing conditions render structured expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon with impressive aging potential. This wine showed the international community that the terroir Piedmont could produce world-class wines using grapes other than those traditionally grown there. Today, this Cabernet Sauvignon is a favorite among the great collectors of the world.
Color: Intense, deep red, almost black
Aroma: Opulent layers of concentrated fruit.
Taste: Excellent fruit with strong cassis flavors and impressive power on the palate carry through to the long finish with persistent soft tannins. Great aging potential.
Grape Variety Used: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Langhe D.O.C.
Alcohol Level: 14.50%
Ratings & Reviews
92 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2013 Darmagi (Cabernet Sauvignon) is dark, sensual and inviting. Black cherry, spice, herb, chocolate and menthol are front and center. Vibrant and beautifully delineated, the 2013 possesses terrific balance and plenty of class. The Darmagi is certainly a solid, well made wine. But how does it compare to the best from Bordeaux and Napa Valley? Not that well. The Gaja children have now taken all of their flagship wines back to their historic appellations. Hopefully putting Nebbiolo back into this vineyard is coming next." - Antonio Galloni (Oct 2016)
92(+) Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Ruby-red. Aromas of blackcurrant, spices, licorice, minerals and wild herbs, plus a hint of chocolate truffle. Sappy and highly concentrated, with terrific energy and a liqueur-like nuance to the flavors of black fruits, wild herbs and green pepper. Gripping, complex, sharply delineated cabernet with harmonious acidity and a very long, resounding finish featuring fine-grained tannins. An outstanding vintage for this bottling, and likely to be long-lived." - Stephen Tanzer (Nov/Dec 2013)