Perfumed dark red fruits mesh with notes of smoke, tar and roses adding layers of complexity to the silky finish.
The 2007 Chianti Classico Castello di Ama is fabulous. There is so much going on in the glass, as endless layers of perfumed dark red fruit caress the palate in stunning style. The wine’s precision, elegance and overall sense of harmony are all first class. Smoke, tar and roses add the final layers of complexity on the finish. Today the wine is mostly remarkable for its exceptional silkiness; readers will have to wait at least a few years for the aromatics and flavors to develop tertiary nuances. The Castello is a wine that sets a new standard for what is possible within the Chianti Classico appellation. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2027.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|(80% Sangiovese/20% Malvasia Nera/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Pinot Nero). Fermented in stainless steel with regular pump overs, the wine aged in barriques (20% new) and neutral oak.
|Founded in 1972, Castello di Ama sits 12 miles northeast of Siena in the hills of Gaiole.
The property is owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Marco Pallanti
and Lorenza Sebasti. Marco was a young viticulturalist who in a very few years had
become one of the most highly respected winemakers in Tuscany. He began to
experiment with non-traditional varieties such as Merlot, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, to
enhance the concept of cru wines (introducing Vigneto Bellavista, Vigneto La Casuccia
and L'Apparita) and to utilize small oak barrels. In 2003, he was crowned Oenologist of
the Year by Vini d'Italia, published by Gambero Rosso and Slow Food. Over the past
30-40 years, he replanted all of the vineyards and upgraded all of the winemaking
capabilities to make this one of Tuscany's showcase producers. 90 hectares are
planted to vines at an average altitude of 480 meters with a southern exposure and clay-calcareous soils. The
obsessive dedication to quality in both the vineyard and winery has made Castello di Ama not only one of
Tuscany's greatest wine producers, but one of the finest wineries in the world.