2016 Gaja Ca' Marcanda Magari (750ml)

Cabernet Franc from Tuscany, Italy

B-21 Top Recommendation
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"The Barbarescan Evangelist," Gaia Gaja (Angelo's daughter and the most passionate person I know when it comes to all things Italian) has created another stunner. Gaja's category-crushing project in Bolgheri - there's simply no other estate able to boast such genius as Gaja.

Angelo set about to not just alter the landscape of Italian wine (literally), but to affect the minds, palates and very perceptions of those who drink Italian wines. His daughter shares the passion, too. This family epitomizes "being the best," and it's only the beginning. Wisdom has carried forth across the generations, paying huge dividends.

Just reviewed by Monica Larner of the Wine Advocate in May, the final assemblage shows well the strength of the 2016 vintage combined with Gaja genius.


The 60/30/10 blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot in the 2016 Bolgheri Rosso Magari produces an expressive and opulent red wine, with great acidity and definition. The wine is firm and tightly wound, with secondary complexity that expresses itself in terms of tar, leather and spice. The tannins are supple and soft.

95 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - May 2019)

The 2016 Magari is a brilliant wine and is packed with dark, ripe, sexy fruit. Smoking good notes of blackcurrants, black cherries, crushed flowers, graphite, and new saddle leather all flow to a full-bodied, opulently textured red that has good acidity, fabulous concentration, and a great finish. The tannins build with time in the glass, and this is a seriously impressive wine that will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age (it's far from unapproachable now) and cruise for a decade or more.

94+ points, Jeb Dunnuck (Dec 2018)

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. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2020 through 2030. 1,200 cases imported.

94 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Jul 2018)

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. Try in 2021.

93 points, James Suckling (Sep 2018)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
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