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86891073965

2013 Gaja, 'Ca Marcanda' Camarcanda

Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy

Wine Spectator
95
Wine Advocate
95
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$128.95
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    Winemaker Notes
    This wine derives its name from Ca’Marcanda, the winery.  Ca’Marcanda is the Piedmontese term for “house of endless negotiations” and it refers to the many hours that Angelo Gaja spent convincing the property’s previous owners to sell the estate to him. This vineyard is from one of the stoniest sites of the Ca’Marcanda estate in Castegneto Carducci (Bolgheri). Its 100% terre bianche (white soils) that are ideal for producing long-lived wines. This is the winery’s flagship wine and is only produced in exceptional years, guaranteeing quality and assurance to buyers and collectors. Juiciness and concentration are the features of the 2015 vintage which shows elegance and yet drinkability.

    The 2014 winter has been a cold one followed by a rainy spring, thus providing the appropriate amount of water reserves to the soil and decisively hampering the disease pressure in the vineyards. The summer in 2015 started with a positive and harmonious situation in the vineyard, which has been crucial to face the very high temperatures of July and August. Very little selection has been necessary in the vineyard, and the 2015 grapes entering the cellar were clean and healthy. Fermentation went regularly and without arrests, resulting in medium-to-high acidity wines with remarkable fresh aromas. The harvest began with Cabernet Franc on September 11 and ended with Cabernet Sauvignon on September 29.

    80% Cabernet Sauvignon,  20% Cabernet Franc.

    Tasting notes
    With respect to the previous vintage, the higher proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Camarcanda 2015 leads to a precise and straightforward character. The nose opens with earthy and balsamic notes of violet, roots, bark and sap. The palate is rich, with concentrated and crunchy notes of blackberry, blueberry, licorice, flint and red orange. The finish is savory, almost meaty, with a precise note of iron that lingers in the aftertaste. Fine–grained tannins, embraced by a mellow body of strong personality. The backbone of this wine is the firm structure perfectly balanced by the fruit concentration. Remarkable ageing potential.

    95: Wine Spectator
    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.

    95: 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.

    93: 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+.

     

     

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2013 Gaja, 'Ca Marcanda' Camarcanda

2013 Gaja, 'Ca Marcanda' Camarcanda

Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy


Add To Cart
$128.95
/ Wine
SKU: 86891073965

Winemaker Notes
This wine derives its name from Ca’Marcanda, the winery.  Ca’Marcanda is the Piedmontese term for “house of endless negotiations” and it refers to the many hours that Angelo Gaja spent convincing the property’s previous owners to sell the estate to him. This vineyard is from one of the stoniest sites of the Ca’Marcanda estate in Castegneto Carducci (Bolgheri). Its 100% terre bianche (white soils) that are ideal for producing long-lived wines. This is the winery’s flagship wine and is only produced in exceptional years, guaranteeing quality and assurance to buyers and collectors. Juiciness and concentration are the features of the 2015 vintage which shows elegance and yet drinkability.

The 2014 winter has been a cold one followed by a rainy spring, thus providing the appropriate amount of water reserves to the soil and decisively hampering the disease pressure in the vineyards. The summer in 2015 started with a positive and harmonious situation in the vineyard, which has been crucial to face the very high temperatures of July and August. Very little selection has been necessary in the vineyard, and the 2015 grapes entering the cellar were clean and healthy. Fermentation went regularly and without arrests, resulting in medium-to-high acidity wines with remarkable fresh aromas. The harvest began with Cabernet Franc on September 11 and ended with Cabernet Sauvignon on September 29.

80% Cabernet Sauvignon,  20% Cabernet Franc.

Tasting notes
With respect to the previous vintage, the higher proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Camarcanda 2015 leads to a precise and straightforward character. The nose opens with earthy and balsamic notes of violet, roots, bark and sap. The palate is rich, with concentrated and crunchy notes of blackberry, blueberry, licorice, flint and red orange. The finish is savory, almost meaty, with a precise note of iron that lingers in the aftertaste. Fine–grained tannins, embraced by a mellow body of strong personality. The backbone of this wine is the firm structure perfectly balanced by the fruit concentration. Remarkable ageing potential.

95: Wine Spectator
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.

95: 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.

93: 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+.