Ca' Marcanda Promis, Gaja
- The palate is fresh and juicy, with notes of red and black fruits plus raspberry and wild strawberry.
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- The Gaja family settled in the Piedmont region in northwest Italy in the mid-seventeenth century. Five generations of Gajas have been producing wines in Piedmont's Langhe hills since 1859, the year Giovanni Gaja, a local grape grower, founded the Gaja Winery in Barbaresco.
The Langhe hills, with their steep slopes of calcareous clay, are home to the Nebbiolo grape and its long-lived wines of exceptional character: Barbaresco, Barolo and Langhe Nebbiolo. For generations, classic Barbaresco and Barolo were made from Nebbiolo grapes from several vineyards. In the 1960s and 1970s, leading winemakers began to vinify Nebbiolo grapes from single vineyards separately.
Today, Gaja produces classic Barbaresco D.O.C.G. and Barolo D.O.C.G. (Dagromis) as well as five single vineyard Nebbiolo wines: Sorì San Lorenzo, Sorì Tildìn and Costa Russi (from the Barbaresco district); Sperss and Conteisa (from the Barolo district). Gaja single-vineyard wines carried the Barbaresco or Barolo appellation until the 1995 vintage.
Beginning with the 1996 vintage, all of Gaja's single-vineyard Nebbiolo wines have been labelled Langhe Nebbiolo D.O.C. The Gajas' conviction that the Langhe terroir can produce outstanding wines is reflected not only in their Nebbiolo-based wines, but also in the wines they produce from non-indigenous varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
A blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Syrah and 10% Sangiovese, the Gaja Promis opens with floral aromas of wild rose and violet, then it turns into a more earthy bouquet with hints of maritime pine, eucalyptus, roots and wet stones. The palate is fresh and juicy, with notes of red and black fruits plus raspberry, wild strawberry and mulberry. Creamy, smooth tannins. With its notes of rosemary, wild fennel, embers, the Promis perfectly mirrors the Mediterranean scrubland which surrounds it.
- "Towering, deep and complex Italian red wine. This wine is a blend of Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese grapes. It's a beautiful expression of fleshy ripe blackberries, fig, cassis, violets and sundried tomato. A mouth-coating texture and a lively acidity make for a delicious interplay of textures and flavours across the palate. This is one of Italy's best producers. This winery is famed vintner Angelo Gaja's project in Tuscany's coastal region of Maremma. Thank you Angelo" - Natalie MacLean, Online Wine Journalist
- Winemaker's Winemaker Award - Angelo Gaja.
Given annually by the Institute of Masters of Wine and the drinks business since 2011, the award recognises outstanding achievement in the field of winemaking and is chosen by a panel of winemaking peers that comprise all Masters of Wine who are winemakers, and the award's past winners.
Adrian Garforth MW, Chairman of the IMW said, "I cannot think of anybody more worthy of receiving this honour. Angelo has never been afraid to challenge conventions and norms, but always with the overwhelming commitment to the highest possible standards of quality in winemaking. Alongside his family, but also through the Istituto Grandi Marchi he continues to promote the highest standards of excellence, culture and tradition in Italian wine."
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Food pairings include breaded veal cutlets, bean-based dishes, beet salad, leg of lamb, beef with stout, Tuscan bread.
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