Tuscany, Italy

Camarcanda Bolgheri DOP — 2020

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  • Introduction

    • The name Ca’marcanda derives from a Piedmontese dialect expression that can be translated as the “house of endless negotiations”
      and refers to the several meetings between the previous land owners and Angelo Gaja, a very long negotiation finally concluded in 1996 with the land purchase.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Planted on white soil rich in limestone, firm clay and stones
    • Appellation: Bolgheri D.O.P
    • First Year of Production: 2000
  • Vintage Report

    • This vintage is characterized by a warm winter with well-distributed precipitation from October 2019 to February 2020. In April, temperatures dropped to – 4 ° C at night, leading to two spring frosts that caused slight damage in the youngest and lowest-lying vineyards. Significant temperature fluctuations and frequent rainfall required meticulous work to tackle fungal diseases in the spring. Early summer saw scarce winds (unusual for Bolgheri) and the weather remained warm and consistent throughout the summer, with no heat waves until mid-September. The harvest was slowed by several bouts of rain. The harvest of the red varieties began with Merlot on September 5. The grapes were healthy and fully ripe, with higher-than-average sugar content and crisp, fine skins

  • Vinification

    • The two varieties ferment and macerate separately for around 15 days. After 12 months of aging in oak and further 6 months in concrete vessels, they are blended and aged for several months in the bottle before being released.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
  • Tasting Notes

    • Very expressive and less austere than the 2019 vintage, this wine has a bright, purple-red color. The nose is austere yet impactful showing hints of small fruits such as blueberry, and raspberry, with a hint of blood orange along with aromatic notes of licorice, Mediterranean pine, and rosemary all classic to Bolgheri. On the palate, the wine is fat and salty with silky tannins and a medium
      structure, ending with a long, persistent finish.



  • Camarcanda Bolgheri DOP — 2020 – Decanter – 95 Points

    “The nose of this Bolgheri Superiore packs a punch for its lavish integration of clove, balsam, eucalyptus leaf and restrained bramble fruits. The attack is velvety, with great development of youthful, fine-grained tannins over the mid-palate, long, lifted acidity, and a toasty finish soaked with fruit. A wine with a long life ahead, a great example of a Bordeaux blend with Mediterranean identity, and one of the greatest Bolgheri tasted from Ca' Marcanda to date.”

  • Camarcanda Bolgheri DOP — 2020 – Decanter – 94 Points

    “This Cabernet dominant blend is overtly aromatic with notes of Mediterranean scrub, smoky flint and juicy black figs. The palate shows excellent depth and complexity to complement a wonderful texture. Redolent red and black berry fruits mingle with a saline character, as tinges of graphite lead this wine into its finish.”

  • Camarcanda Bolgheri DOP — 2020 – Wine Spectator – 95 Points

    “The aromas in this red are a bit muted today, yet the black currant, blueberry, violet, cedar and wild herb flavors are expressive and well-delineated. Gains support from lively acidity and a dense matrix of tannins as this finishes long and palate-staining.”

  • Camarcanda Bolgheri DOP — 2020 – Vinous – 96 Points

    “Suave, elegant and wonderfully expressive. Lifted aromatics and silky tannins give Camarcanda tons of finesse. Deceptive in its mid-weight feel, the 2020 is beautifully resonant. Pretty floral and spice notes open the finish effortlessly. The 2020 is without question the finest Camarcanda to date. Bravo.”