image Gaja Ca’marcanda: Just like a woman, this one

Camarcanda Bolgheri Tuscany Italy wine Gaja

At first nose, aloof and unapproachable. After 15 minutes of coaxing, she grudgingly softened. After 45, she was an open book of cherry compote, herbs, and dark chocolate, progressively wonderful with a finish for days. 2007 was not a blockbuster vintage, so this might have fared even better if it had been drunk 2 to 3 years earlier. Who can tell? Not me, certainly. That said, it just goes to show that some wines are still worth courting and may, despite all appearances, very well surprise you.

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