Sunday, September 16, 2007

2004 Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari

For Ben's birthday, we went to Tonsoni's and I brought the 2004 Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari. A blend of Cabernet Sauvingon and Sangiovese, this Super Tuscan didn't thrill me as much as it's younger brother Promis did. And it was nearly twice the price at $57.

The wine had a really nice inky purple color and when the waiter was decanting it across the table, I could smell the wine from about 5 feet away. It was shaping up to be an amazing wine and I was really excited. Then I tasted it and I was disappointed. It's not a very approachable wine. It's very subtle. Nabil recommended one hour in the decanter, but that didn't seem to do much for it. There wasn't a lot of fruit, or anything else for that matter.

You could tell it was a classy, well-made wine... I dunno. Maybe it needed more time in the bottle. Maybe, like the Wilson Gunn, it needs two days to open up. I'm still in love with Gaja, but I'll be putting my money into the 2005 Promis that was just released.


Ryan Tatsumoto said...

Nice site, just had the 2004 Promis (probably would have been better with real food instead of BBQ potato chips). I'm partial to Cavallotto though Rivetti makes great stuff when I have extra $$ lying around.

Jon Tonsoni said...

I am interested to find out where Tonsoni's is. Since I am a Tonsoni and I love wine I thought this would be appropriate.

Jon Tonsoni

Emanuele Olivero said...

the blend is not cabernet -sngiovese, but is merlot-cabernet franc-cabernet sauvignon.