Springtime is here and in full bloom at Gaja’s Darmagi Vineyard, the first Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in Piedmont planted in the heart of Barbaresco in 1978.Â Although Giovanni Gaja (1908-2002) loved thinking differently,Â when he first saw the newly planted vineyard he couldn’t help exclaiming,Â “Darmagi!”Â â€“ an expression in the Piedmontese dialect meaning “what a pity”! The same word gave the wine its name.
Forty years, later the vineyard is still there. Each spring it turns green and flowers bloom â€“ this year they are bright yellow Mustard flowers, making the life of insects and other bugs a little bit happier.
â€” Sonia Franco
Description:Â Gaja Darmagi 2012 â€“ Langhe, Piedmont.Â An elegant blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, opulent yet supple, Gaja Darmagi balances chewy tannins with fresh acidity as it builds to a long, caressing finish. Concentrated on the nose and palate, with expansive and complex layers, this beautiful wine marries the distinct terroir of Piemonte with the engaging personalities of its international varietals. Adapted from italianwinemerchants.com