This is one of those show stopper wines. Everything about it, the bottle, the color in the decanter, the color in the glass, the smell, the flavors on the palate…nothing out of place. Dried fruit, Oolong tea, ocean spray giving way to a long, gorgeous, generous finish. Almost tannic? This paired beautifully with a bowl of cherry tomatoes that we sautéed in some butter and garlic. This particular bottle was hand-carried back from Umbria. Bottle No. 5867 — 2 days ago
No Sangiovese in this graceful beast.
Starting to brown.
Big black fruit nose with baking spice.
Could take some more acid, but very nicely supported. Tannins velvety. Glad we drank it now. On downslope. — 14 days ago
11/17/20 Tuesday night and to follow up on last night's Gaja Ca'Marcanda Promis I have opened the 2016 Ca' Marcanda Bolgheri Magari. A Super Tuscan blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot.
On the nose there is black cherry, plum, black raspberry, strawberry, mint, bell pepper, mocha and crushed gravel.
On the palate there is black cherry, red plum, black currant, green bell pepper, cedar, herbs and an earthyness.
This wine is full bodied with a smooth velvety mouthfeel, medium + acidity and medium + smooth round tannins that leads to a long dark fruit finish. A beautiful expression of a complex super tuscan. Love the mouthfeel and the all around expression of this wine. Continue having a great week and do stay safe and healthy. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 14 days ago
Gorgeous, nutty, savory, long finish. — 5 days ago
Bea with some age. Weighty without being heavy. Complex layers of flavor in a wine that is totally balanced. Really good juice. — 18 days ago
First of a case and despite the fact that this is so very young, curiosity was getting the best of us tonight! A two hour decant did little to coax this bottle into showing more than its huge potential. The experience, however, was not without pleasure. The nose is a light perfume of dark fruits, purple flowers with the softest addition of sweet baking spices; like the scent of a young woman riding past on her bicycle, as she makes her way to a gathering of mates on an autumn afternoon. I’ve read that the style for “Ca’Marcanda” has changed in recent years, favoring a greater percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance being Cabernet Franc (dropping Merlot altogether). Admittedly, I don’t have any experience to draw from in terms of how this compares to pre-2015 versions but I do like what I’m experiencing here. The palate delivers currants, black cherries, dried herbs, minerals, and that bit of dusty earth that I tend to find so charming in these Italian Bordeaux blends. Definitely a sense of place. The finish is long and bone dry. Yes, everything is tight and compact at this stage of its evolution but greater things will comes with time. There is deft balance and stout structure that will give this an opportunity for decades of enjoyment. Like all Italian wines, a meal gives an even greater appreciation for this beauty. That being said, I suspect these will be prime drinking by 2028-2030. — 15 days ago
Monday evening and tonight I have opened the 2017 Gaja Ca' Marcanda Promis Toscana. This is a blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Syrah and 10% Sangiovese from Castagneto Carducci in Tuscany, Italy.
On the nose there is raspberry, strawberry, plum, there is a savory gamey component, baking spices, licorice, pepper, clay and earth.
On the palate I am getting cherry, raspberry, red currant, licorice, herbs, lavander, graphite and earth.
This wine is medium to full bodied with medium + acidity and medium + firm sandy tannins that has a long fresh red and black fruit finish. The week ahead looks like it is going to be a fantastic week and I am looking forward to it being full of wonderful fall beginnings. Have a great week, please be safe and stay healthy. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 15 days ago