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James Suckling Awards GAJA & Ca’ Marcanda Eight-93+ Point Ratings

Influential wine critic and Italian wine specialist James Suckling has recognized GAJA and Ca’ Marcanda with exceptional scores of 93-99 points.

99 points:
GAJA Sorí San Lorenzo 2016
“Glorious aromas of ripe strawberries, cherries and orange peel with flowers and stones and some incense. Full-bodied, dense and powerful with fantastic depth of fruit and ripe tannins. It goes on for minutes. One of the most structured Sori San Lorenzo’s in a long time.” – James Suckling
** #26 on James Suckling’s Top 100 Wines of Italy 2019 List **

98 points:
GAJA Conteisa 2015
“Extremely pure fruit on the nose here with aromas of plums and strawberries and hints of cedar and rose petals, as well as rose stems. Full body. Very tannic and structured, yet polished and refined. Dusty and stony undertones and textures. Drink after 2021.” – James Suckling
** #34 on James Suckling’s Top 100 Wines of Italy 2019 List **

97 points:
GAJA Costa Russi 2016
“Beautiful dried strawberries, flowers and cedar with hints of tar. Full body, round and rich tannins with lots of cedar, tar and tobacco, as well as a hint of chocolate powder. Lovely, long and caressing finish. Gorgeous again. Better after 2022.” – James Suckling

95 points
GAJA Sorí Tildín 2016
“Extremely perfumed aromas of dried flowers, dried strawberries and pumice, as well as tar, following through to a full body, with chewy and polished tannins and a long, juicy finish. Quite broad tannins. Dusty texture. Drink after 2021.” – James Suckling

97 points:
GAJA Sperss 2015
“Very ripe strawberry and cherry aromas with undertones of flowers and cedar. Hints of fresh leather, too. Full body and round, soft tannins with lots of intensity at the finish. Round and fruity, yet always reserved. Needs time to come completely together. Better after 2022.” – James Suckling

96 points
GAJA Barbaresco 2016
“This is all about finesse with power. Such great length here with ever so refined tannins and precise strawberry, cedar, dried-rose and mineral character. Medium body. Fresh and vivid finish. Hard not to drink now, but wait until at least 2021.” – James Suckling

94 points:
Ca’ Marcanda Camarcanda 2016
“Fragrant florals punctuate the nose, ranging from lavender to hyacinth, and there are hints of heather and thyme, too. Citrusy undertones abound. There’s a profundity to the center palate, which is decked out in sheets of dark fruit-flavored, muscular tannins that retain a telltale elegance, as they envelop the peripheries of the mouth. Long and mineral, this is a delightful wine now and will continue to open up as the years go by. Drink from 2023.” – James Suckling

93 points
Ca’ Marcanda Promis 2017
“This is an inviting, colorful red with tea-tree oil, blueberries, violets and lavender. Hints of fresh herbs. Taut, fluid and zesty, it is finely sliced into grippy portions of tannins that sandwich elegant flavors of dark fruit interlaced with carefully tuned acidity. Drink now or hold.” – James Suckling

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