Castello di Ama

One of Tuscany’s leading, most historically important estates, Castello di Ama is responsible for some of the regions key innovations and has an extensive reputation for the production of premium quality wine. Located in Gaiole, in the sub region of Chianti Classico, the estate consists of 76 hectares under vine. Today it is run and owned by Lorenza Sebasti, descendant of one of the original four families and Marco Pallanti, one of Italy’s top winemakers. Together they have reinvested in the property, replanting old vineyards and built a state-of-the-art winery.

Surrounding the village of Ama, the vineyards sit between 420 and 527 metres above sea level. All grapes are carefully selected, hand-harvested and fermented with native yeasts. Though Sangiovese remains the majority of their production, Pallanti is known for being one of the first to introduce French varietals to the Chianti Classico district, most notably Merlot and Cabernet Franc. He is recognized for adopting the notion of the single-vineyard cru system in Chianti Classico, with Vegneto Bellavista, Vigneto San Lorenzo and Vigneto La Casuccia.

Castello di Ama produce benchmark wines, both profoundly complex and refined. Their single vineyards Casuccia, Bellavista and San Lorenzo are considered some of Italy’s greatest red wines and can age gracefully for decades, while the Merlot L’Apparita is simply world famous and one of the world’s greatest expressions of the Merlot variety.

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"The 2020 L'Apparita will soon take its place among the great Apparitas. Unctuous and layered in the glass, the 2020 possesses exceptional balance and tons of character right out of the gate. Exotic scents of blackberry jam, chocolate, new leather, licorice and smoke are so alluring. Imposing tannins need time to soften, but once that happens readers will be treated to a spectacular Apparita that captures all the best the vintage had to offer. Marco Pallanti waited until mid-September (late for the year) to bring in this fruit. That decision paid off handsomely." 99 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (August 2023)