From Angelo Gaja's Bolgheri estate, Ca' Marcanda, Bolgheri DOC, Magari is a blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc , all form estate vineyards. The varietals are vinted separately and the wine ages in French oak for a period of 12 months. 2013 was another outstanding vintage and this wine received high praise including from the Wine Advocate who scored it 94 points saying "This is the second year that this wine is a DOC (In 2011, Magari was still an IGT Toscana). The 2013 Bolgheri Rosso Magari is a gorgeous wine that shows that signature touch that only Angelo Gaja can deliver. The overall effect is thick, delicious and enduring. The blend is Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc so you get those upfront aromas of cherry compote with firm tannins at the back. The 2013 vintage shows superior harmony and complexity."
I had the 2011 Magari last night at a restaurant, so there was no time to allow the wine to breath, although we did decant. It was very dry and had a bite to it that took a long while to dissipate. I've been a big fan of Gaja wines for a long time but this one was disappointing.