One shot is all we get for Gaja's Super Tuscan each September.
This release, 2016, is being heralded as the "vintage of the century" in Tuscany (and for much of Europe for that matter).
In 2016, quality was up and yields were down, which makes this particular Bolgheri beauty a Gaja with tremendous appeal and limited supply.
Rich fruit, seamless structure and finesse- these are the signature qualities of every Gaja Magari release. No wonder Wine Spectator has anointed Gaja wines "the finest Italian wines ever made."
The 2016 Gaja Magari Ca' Marcanda is no exception with its gorgeous blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Every autumn I open a bottle of Magari in a similar fashion... I enjoy this wine with tenderloin seasoned with thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper. That's because Gaja Magari possesses striking notes of mocha, tar, herbs, smoke, black cherries, earth and sweet French oak, which come alive with grilled and roasted meat.
Whether you are familiar with Gaja's Magari or not, make sure you are one of the few that gets to enjoy this particularly exceptional 2016!
By David Gettenberg
THE MERCHANT'S MARK
95 / 100
This is another gorgeous Gaja Ca' Marcanda Magari. Aromas of dark berry, rhubarb, dried spices and figs with notes of fresh blackberry. Round and prominent tannins lead to roasted dark coffee and plum. Peaty earth with mocha and leather notes. As always, there is a seamless blend of flavors and textures. This is a wonderful Magari that can easily be enjoyed over the next decade.
94 / 100
"Black currant and black cherry fruit mingles with mint, olive, graphite and tobacco notes in this red. Elegant, with ample density and bright acidity, ending in a firm, fruit-, mineral- and herb-tinged aftertaste. Well-proportioned and classy."
94 / 100
"A very fresh nose with tons of dark fruit, such as brambleberries, blueberries and dark cherries, as well as vanilla, dried herbs and eucalyptus. Medium to full body, fresh acidity and a tight finish."