Tuscany, Italy

Promis Toscana IGP — 2021

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  • Introduction

    • WINERY: Ca’Marcanda, GAJA’s estate in Bolgheri (Alta Maremma), was born in 1996 propelled by Angelo Gaja’s ambition to challenge himself with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.

      WINE: The name “Promis” reminds of the Italian word promessa, which means promise. A promise, exactly as an up-and-comer that, with its young and bold character, brings along a fresh breeze of liveliness and zest. The label of Ca’Marcanda pays tribute to the image of the cypress trees and the Bolgheri boulevard, merging with the horizon (two white triangles represent the road and the sky, whereas the colored ones are the cypresses).

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: In Bolgheri and in the neighboring area of Bibbona, mainly planted on dark soils full of lime and clay.
    • Appellation: Toscana IGP
    • Location: Tuscany
    • Cultivation: Sustainable
    • First Year of Production: 2000
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2021 vintage started with a harsh and rainy winter that brought a good water reserve of 550 mm between October 2020 and February 2021. Spring was cold and dry with two frosts, which delayed the vegetative cycle of the vines and fortunately caused little damage. The following summer saw only sporadic drizzle in June – one of the driest of the last decade. The summer remained cool which put the vines under less water stress and allowed the berries to ripen slowly, thanks in part to fresh northwest winds in July and August. The harvest began a week later than usual. The 2021 vintage was a very dry but moderately cool year, yielding wines of great concentration, structure, color, and acidity. The wines of the 2021 vintage have a classic, Bolgheri style; they are generous wines with powerful, round tannins and ripe, intense fruit.

  • Vinification

    • The three varieties ferment and macerate separately for around 15 days. After 12 months of ageing in oak, they are blended and then aged for several months in the bottle before release.

    • Aging: 12 months of aging in oak, then blended and then aged for several months in the bottle before release.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Merlot, Syrah, Sangiovese
    • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Coming from a classic, Bolgheri vintage, Promis shows a bright, ruby-red color. The nose has hints of spice such as cinnamon and star anise along with pronounced red fruits like strawberry and black cherry. The tannins are juicy and persistent all culminating in a salinity that is a classic hallmark of good vintages in Bolgheri.