Source: December 2020 Week 3, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 17th Dec 2020 (RP-94)
A blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, the 2018 Bolgheri Rosso Magari shows grace and a slightly lighter style that works very nicely. With the recent releases from Bolgheri, many from the hot and concentrated 2017 vintage, this 2018 alternative comes as an elegant surprise. You can appreciate the purity of the fruit, with dark cherry and plum, and the acidity that pops up on the finish. This is almost a full-bodied red, but not quite. It holds back just a hair, and that more careful approach goes a long way to the pleasure factor.
Drink Date 2021 - 2035
Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: September 1, 2020 (JS-92)
Aromas of currants, orange peel and dried herbs, such as sage, follow through to a medium to full body with pretty fruit and a juicy, savory finish that shows walnut and fresh terracotta. Drink or hold.
Magari means if only it were true!, an expression used often in Italian to express desire, hope, and a vision of a bright future.
Appellation: Bolgheri DOP
Vineyards: In Bolgheri, both on dark soil rich in lime and clay, and white soil full of limestone, clay and stones.
Soil: The vineyard blocks that make up this blend are further away from the nearby sea, closer to the fertile hillside. The loamy, clay-rich soils here are known as terre brune meaning dark brown earth, ideal for the cultivation of wines with richness, depth and minerality and notes of goudron and tar.
Grapes: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
Tasting notes: Bright and deep color. Magari shows a complex character without being brash. The nose is rich and concentrated, it starts fresh to then develop balsamic notes, and scents of graphite, juniper and liquorice. Then it turns into a more mellow character with dark fruit and rhubarb. The palate is sweet and voluminous, with notes of mulberry and sour cherry. Fine-grained, silky tannins. Long-lasting, sapid final.
Fermentation: Separate fermentation for the three varieties, of around 15 days
Aging: After 12 months of ageing in oak, they are blended and then aged for several months in the bottle before release.
First Vintage Produced: 2000