About Gaja 2016 Magari, Ca' Marcanda, Bolgheri DOC
From Angelo Gaja's Bolgheri estate, Ca' Marcanda, Magari means "if only it were true!", an expression used often in Italian to express desire, hope, and a vision of a bright future. The 2015 Magari was marked by a change in blend that continues in this 2016. Over 20 years of learning on this property have brought many discoveries, an exciting one being the profound excellence of Cabernet Franc. This late-ripening variety expresses fresh notes and has more moderate alcohol. As the vines have aged and reached further maturity, it has become apparent that Cabernet Franc can really shine in a starring role, hence the blend change. 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot 100% Estate, the wine ages in oak for a period of 12 months and then undergoes several months of bottle aging before it is released.
Wine Spectator scored this 94 points saying "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 blend. Best from 2020 through 2030."
Jeb Dunnuck scored this 94 points saying "Based on Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot that spent a year in barrel, the 2016 Magari boasts a powerful bouquet of crème de cassis, graphite, bouquet garni, and hints of loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied and elegant on the palate, with rocking intensity in its black, blue, and red fruits, it shines for its complexity, elegance, and length, while still offering up loads of pleasure. I’d be thrilled to drink bottles over the coming decade or more."
The Wine Advocate scored this 95 points saying "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."