Color: Deep red.
Nose:Lush Merlot fruit and spicy Cabernet aromas: black currants with a touch of frsh mint, scented with a hint of coffee.
Palate: The mouth feel is fleshy, round, yet elegant and silky in texture.
Vinous 90 points - The 2010 Magari emerges from the glass with juicy dark red berries, spices, flowers, licorice and mint. This, too, is a fairly medium-bodied wine for Ca’Marcanda that seems to favor floral notes and inner perfume over the more obvious, fruit-driven style that has been the norm here since inception. The round, seamless finish is quite attractive. Another year or two should help in better integrating the French oak.
Wine Spectator 90 points - Fresh and bursting with black cherry and plum fruit, this red has density and a well-integrated structure. Builds to a long finish of fruit, spice and mineral. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2014 through 2020.—B.S. (Feb 13 2013)
The word "Magari" has several meanings: "if only," "would that it were true," "perhaps." Ca'Marcanda's unique combination of terre brune (dark soils: loam and clay) and terre blanche (white soils: stones and pebbles) is reflected in Magari.
|Along the Tuscan seaboard extending south from Livorno lies the Maremma. For centuries a marshland, it has established itself over the last quarter century as one of Italy’s most prestigious wine regions.
The area boasts an excellent climate for growing international grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah. Hot summer days are freshened by brisk sea breezes and cool nighttime temperatures, ideal for fully ripened grapes.
The alluvial soil is unique in that it consists of two distinct types: terre brune (”dark earth”, predominately loam and clay, with very little limestone or stone) and terre bianche (”white earth”, primarily clay and sand, rich in limestone and filled with abundant stones and pebbles of different sizes).
It is in this region that wine icon Angelo Gaja, owner of the Gaja Winery, began a new winemaking venture — Ca’Marcanda. His aim was to transfer the experience of his Piemontese culture to the Maremma - to first acquire a thorough understanding of the potential of the different soil types and then to emphasize their specificity and uniqueness in the wines that are produced. The Maremma provides a perfect opportunity to apply this experience to growing international varieties. In 1996, along the road between Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci, Gaja began planting 150 acres of vineyards, primarily with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but also Cabernet Franc and Syrah.
While created from international varieties, the wines are not intended to vanish into the universe of international taste. The wines reflect the best of Bolgheri’s terrior: fully ripened fruit with balanced acidity.
The classic label of Gaja inspired the design of the new labels: geometric, with contrasting colors and minimal wording.