Ben says

★★ Great Wine I am always excited by GAJA’s wines. This nonetheless. Ruby hued with aromas of plum, sour cherry, black olive, cloves, pepper and vanilla pod. It’s velvety, both deep and luscious (without being heavy), and brings the fruit over baking spice, leather hide and hints of tapenade with a warm, long finish.

Guerrieri Rizzardi '3 Cru' Amarone della Valpolicella Red Wine


Merlot (55%), Syrah (35%) and Sangiovese (10%) with 14.5% abv. Harvested from fruit grown on loam- and clay-rich terre brune, brown soils in Bolgheri and Bibbona. Varieties are macerated and fermented separately. The wine is aged for 12 months in oak.

Grown in: Tuscany, ITALY.

Food Pairing

I had this bottle of wine at Gloria in London, part of the Big Mamma group, and the Italian food there was sublime. I thoroughly enjoyed this with a plate of Girella di Agnello, featuring a roll of freshly made pasta filled with a moreish, glistening lamb ragu, San Marzano tomato sauce, salsa verde, pecorino romano and chilli. The pairing was heaven!

Disclosure & Price

Purchased at Gloria restaurant for £112.00 from the menu. Find in the UK for circa £32.99 from Noble Grape.

Reviewed and tasted: 04/01/2024

Ben Franks Wine Tasting Note Producer Profile

About the Producer

Famed for his Barberesco, Angelo Gaja expanded in the 1990s to the region of Bolgheri, where he launched the Ca’Marcanda brand. At the time there were only 10 producers making wine in the region; today there are over 50. The wines of Bolgheri, while inspired by the blends of Bordeaux, have become sought after for their unique styles and flavoursome Super Tuscans.