Top Picks from Vintages' March 6th Release
Ca'Marcanda/Gaja "Promis" 2001 (Tuscany)
Angela Gaja's foray into Tuscany: a blend of Merlot and Syrah from Ca'Marcanda
and Sangiovese from Pieve Santa Restituta. Deep ruby colour with a nose
of cedar, vanilla and plums; medium-bodied, lovely mouth feel, fruity,
spicy black cherry, great balance and a long finish. Hold for three years.
Gaja Barbaresco 2000 (Piemonte)
Yes, it's expensive, but what a luxurious wine. Ruby colour, delicate
nose of red berries, vanilla and cedar; medium to fullbodied, elegant
and pure. You can taste the soil of Barbaresco along with rich raspberry-cherry
fruit; well balanced and firmly structured. Hold for 5 years. *****
Quinta do Infantado Vintage Port 2000 (Douro Valley, Portugal)
This single quinta port is not as sweet and massive as the blended ports
of Graham, Dow and Taylor, but what breeding. Dense purple colour; blackberry
and mulberry nose; full-bodied with dense blackberry fruit, licorice and
chocolate notes, great balance. Forward. Will keep but tastes great now.
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