Today we are delighted to announce two highly anticipated releases from the iconic Ca’ Marcanda estate located in the acclaimed Tuscan appellation of Bolgheri and run by the legendary Gaja family, who James Suckling has described as “Italy’s Domaine de la Romanée-Conti”, Gaja being “the first ultrapremium Italian wine brand” matching the quality of the world’s greatest wines.

Camarcanda, the estate’s flagship wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, is often compared to a ballerina offering power in a graceful form. The 2017 release impressed Monica Larner from The Wine Advocate with its elegance which “defies the vintage and resets your palate to a place of nuance and finesse that is nearly impossible to find in these 2017 releases”A rather hot year in Tuscany, 2017, as noted by Larner, often resulted in wines with “bitter structure and the exaggerated phenolic ripeness. But not this wine. This Bolgheri blend is contained and subdued in comparison, with a silky mouthfeel and elegant tannins.” Antonio Galloni of Vinous describes Camarcanda 2017 as “a prototypical modern Maremma red. Generous fruit, racy contours and lifted savory notes add to its considerable allure”while Jeb Dunnuck points out that “this beauty is already incredibly expressive and aromatic but will benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age and evolve nicely for 15-20 years.” The critics have been strikingly unanimous, with Larner, Galloni and Dunnuck all awarding Camarcanda 2017 an impressive score of 95 points.

Magari 2018 represents fantastic value and class, indeed Antonio Galloni of Vinous has admitted that “it is one of the classiest wines I can remember tasting from Ca’ Marcanda”granting it 94 points. A cooler vintage blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, it is, as described by Jeb Dunnuck, “Medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, and downright seamless on the palate, this beauty is another Bordeaux look-alike with incredible class. It has some upfront appeal, with supple tannins and plenty of fruit”. Dunnuck reaffirms this remarkable characteristic with a score of 95 points, while Monica Larner of The Wine Advocate has awarded Magari 2018 with 94 points admiring “the purity of the fruit, with dark cherry and plum, and the acidity that pops up on the finish. This is almost a full-bodied red, but not quite. It holds back just a hair, and that more careful approach goes a long way to the pleasure factor.”

The Ca’ Marcanda estate was created in 1996 when Angelo Gaja, by that time already a legend in his native Piedmont and in all of Italy, decided to bring his expertise to Bolgheri. It took 18 trips to complete negotiations for the purchase of this historic 100 hectare estate and so the Gaja family began to call it “ca’ marcanda,” which can be translated as “the house of endless negotiations”. The state-of-the-art winery was built from scratch and was completely dreamed up by Angelo. The layout and design allow for the precision necessary to craft exceptional wines, albeit with minimal intervention. The terroir in Ca’ Marcanda is noted for its unique dual soil composition. “Terre brune” (dark earth) are made up of predominantly loam and clay with very little limestone, while “terre bianche” (white earth) are primarily clay and sand, rich in limestone and filled with abundant stones and pebbles. The wines produced by Ca’ Marcanda are based on these two distinct soil types. Magari is sourced from vineyards lying in the “terre brune”, where the mineral content makes for wines with more pronounced tannic structure and character. Camarcanda is made using fruit cultivated in “terre bianche” with their high composition of calcareous clay, ideal for crafting wines intended for long-term aging.