Chianti Classico ‘San Lorenzo’, Castello di Ama, Tuscany, Italy 2016
Regular price £46.00
Chianti Classico at its finest
Castello di Ama
Castello di Ama is located about 12 miles northeast of Siena in the hills of Gaiole, in the heart of Chianti Classico. The first references to the region’s wines date back to 998.
The modern era of Castello di Ama began about 35 years ago with the replanting of the estate vineyard. This site itself is spectacular – a rounded hilltop set 1600 feet above sea level. It has perfect southern exposure and the clay-calcareous soils that are considered ideal for Sangiovese, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir.
In 1982, management of the property was given to Marco Pallanti, an up-and-coming young agronomist who went on to become one of the most respected winemakers in Tuscany. Marco launched a ten-year research project to determine the site’s viticultural characteristics. Under his direction the vineyard was divided into individual homogeneous blocks based upon soils and exposure. The goal was to identify the various micro-terroirs ensuring even ripening and optimum quality for each variety.
In 1988 the reins of the estate were assumed by Lorenza Sebasti, the young daughter of one of the owners. She and Marco were married in the 1990s. Since then, the estate has gone from strength to strength and is now recognised worldwide for the quality of their production.
Chianti Classico ‘San Lorenzo’ 2016
We think that the ‘San Lorenzo’ offers the best representation of Castello di Ama. It is produced using the finest fruit from across the team’s four distinct vineyard sites, selected from their more mature vines with an average age of 20-25 years old. Expect notes of mint, anise and tobacco, mingling with vanilla nuances. The fruit is dense, dark and powerful in the mouth but there's a plushness on the mid-palate that lends a seductive edge. Magnificent velvety tannins keep it all in check while the finishes lingers graciously.