Vinous 95 points - Gaja’s Darmagi is gorgeous in this vintage. This is a surprisingly juicy, extroverted Darmagi. Today it is the purity and sweetness of the fruit that stands out. Vibrant and totally alive in the glass the 2010 impresses for its sheer drinkability. Hints of cassis, blue fruit, grilled herbs and menthol are some of the many notes that wrap around the finish. This is a gorgeous Darmagi. The 2010 is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.
Darmagi, planted in 1978, was Piedmont’s first Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in more than a century. ”Darmagi,” is Piedmontese for ”what a pity,” a comment Angelo Gaja’s father, Giovanni, once uttered when he passed the vineyard as it was planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1978.
|The Gaja Winery was founded by Giovanni Gaja in 1859 and has been owned and operated by five generations of the Gaja family. Giovanni Gaja was the great-grandfather of Angelo Gaja, the Winery’s current owner.
In 1994, GAJA acquired its first wine estate in Tuscany, Pieve Santa Restituta in Montalcino. This estate produces three Brunello di Montalcino wines- including the single vineyard Sugarille- from vineyard holdings totaling sixty five acres.
In 1996 Gaja acquired a second property in Tuscany, Ca’Marcanda, located in Castagneto Carducci in Bolgheri. Of the property’s 200 acres, 150 have been planted with new vineyards: primarily Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as well as Cabernet Franc and Syrah.
BottleCurrently, the Gaja Winery owns 250 acres of vineyards in Piedmont, located in the Barbaresco district (Barbaresco and Treiso) and the Barolo district (Serralunga d’Alba and La Morra).
Since its inception, the Gaja Winery has continuously evolved in ways that have always focused on meticulous care of and attention to the quality of its wines.