Source: The Wine Advocate; Published: Jan 12, 2023 (RP-94)
The 2020 Bolgheri Rosso Magari is Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, with the Franc in a leading position at 60% to 65%. Born in a vintage that saw plenty of sunshine and luminosity from the Tyrrhenian Sea just a few kilometers away, this edition of Magari is especially round, voluminous and fleshed out. The 2020 vintage is considered quite toasty elsewhere in Tuscany, but in fact was more contained here along the Tuscan Coast thanks to steep diurnal shifts between day and nighttime temperatures and a cool spring. The year also saw enough rain at the right moments to assure stress-free fruit ripening. The wine opens to dark blackberry and sweet spice, with a very polished and silky side to robust fruit concentration.
Drink Date 2022 – 2035
Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2022 (JS-92)
A polished red with lovely drinkability already, showing redcurrant and fresh-herb character. Some sandalwood, too. Medium-bodied with medium, firm tannins and a crisp and clean finish. 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