CASTELLO DI AMA

CASTELLO DI AMA: THE IMPORTANCE

Castello di Ama is one of the most celebrated estates in the Chianti Classico region. In 2003 winemaker Marco Pallanti was named winemaker of the year in Italy’s most authoritative wine guide Gambero Rosso. In 2005 it was awarded “Winery of the Year” by Gambero Rosso. The estates “L’Apparita” was the first 100% Merlot Super Tuscan to be produced in the Chianti Classico region and is consistently one of the highest scoring wines made in Italy.

 

Antonio Galloni recently described the 2004 Apparita as “simply phenomenal” a wine that “brings together power and finesse in a way that is thrilling”. The Estate’s Gran Selezione’s Chianti Classico top single site cuvees – Bellavista and La Casuccia reach equal critical praise – Galloni describes the Bellavista 1990 as “one of the greatest wines ever made in Italy…an extraordinary wine by any measure”. Their “San Lorenzo” Chianti Classico Gran Selezione was ranked sixth in the Wine Spectator’s “Best Wines of the World” list in 2010. Marco also served two terms as the president of the Consorzio del Chianti Classico between 2006 and 2012. His experience in winemaking for over 30 years and his involvement in the protection of the Chianti Classico designation has made him one of the leading authorities in winemaking in the region and a forebearer of Chianti Classico’s modern day renaissance in quality.

 

CASTELLO DI AMA: THE INSIGHT

 

Their most famous wine is L’Apparita – a Super Tuscan made from Merlot grafted on to older rootstocks in the Bellavista Chianti Classico vineyard. Initially the Merlot was planted to be used to blend in the Chianti Classico, but the results were so exceptional they decided to produce a single varietal Merlot as well. The Apparita Merlot is typically aged in 40% new oak. Castello di Ama produces 3 separate Gran Selezione Chianti Classico cuvees. The San Lorenzo cuvee is made every year and depending on the vintage additional single site cuvees of Bellavista and La Casuccia are also produced. In the vintages when the single site cuvees are not made, the wine from these sites go into the San Lorenzo. Marco Pallanti is not afraid to experiment further, producing a number of unusual blends including a Pinot Noir / Sangiovese blend (Il Chiusa) and Haiku – a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The overall style of all their wines is terroir driven minerally fresh elegant wines.

 

CASTELLO DI AMA: THE BACKGROUND

 

Castello di Ama whilst situated on one of the finest hills in the Chianti Classico region has only been making wine at the property since 1972. In that time it has risen to the top ranks of Chianti production producing three separate Chianti Classico Gran Selezione cuvees, a straight Chianti Classico made entirely of the younger vines (10 years old) and their L’Apparita – the first pure Merlot wine made in the Chianti Classico region. The vineyards are based in the southern edge of the Chianti Classico region between 390 and 530 metres altitude. Vineyards at this altitude represent the highest in the region producing distinct finesse, freshness, delineation of fruit and beguiling aromas; whilst the calcareous soil gives the wine a distinct minerality. The wines also have great ageing potential.

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2016 Chianti Classico Castello di Ama Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2016 Chianti Classico Castello di Ama Central Italy

£231.00
£22.00

2015 Chianti Classico La Casuccia Gran Selezione Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2015 Chianti Classico La Casuccia Gran Selezione Central Italy

£1,191.00
£595.00

2015 Chardonnay Al Poggio Ama; Castello di Central Italy

90.5

2015 Chardonnay Al Poggio Central Italy

90.5
£219.00
£21.00

2015 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2015 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

£1,292.00
£1,292.00
£110.00

2015 Chianti Classico San Lorenzo Gran Selezione Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2015 Chianti Classico San Lorenzo Gran Selezione Central Italy

£444.00
£223.00

2014 Chianti Classico Castello di Ama Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2014 Chianti Classico Castello di Ama Central Italy

£178.00
£178.00
£91.00
£18.00

2014 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2014 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

£1,155.00
£1,155.00
£577.00
£99.00

2013 Haiku Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2013 Haiku Central Italy

£351.00
£177.00
£32.00

2013 Chardonnay Al Poggio Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2013 Chardonnay Al Poggio Central Italy

£219.00
£21.00

2013 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

98.0

2013 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

98.0
£1,020.00
£510.00
£88.00

2013 Chianti Classico la Casuccia Ama; Castello di Central Italy

97.0

2013 Chianti Classico la Casuccia Central Italy

97.0
£1,088.00
£1,088.00
£93.00

2013 Chianti Classico Bellavista Ama; Castello di Central Italy

94.0

2013 Chianti Classico Bellavista Central Italy

94.0
£1,155.00
£1,155.00
£577.00

2012 Chardonnay Al Poggio Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2012 Chardonnay Al Poggio Central Italy

£171.00
£17.00

2011 Chianti Classico San Lorenzo Gran Selezione Ama; Castello di Central Italy

92.63

2011 Chianti Classico San Lorenzo Gran Selezione Central Italy

92.63
£349.00
£32.00

2011 Vigneto San Lorenzo Ama; Castello di Central Italy

96.0

2011 Vigneto San Lorenzo Central Italy

96.0
£378.00
£191.00

2011 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

98.0

2011 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

98.0
£1,292.00
£1,292.00
£323.00
£110.00
£217.00

2011 Chianti Classico Bellavista Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2011 Chianti Classico Bellavista Central Italy

£1,209.00
£1,209.00
£604.00
£1,209.00
£303.00
£103.00
£203.00

2011 Chianti Classico la Casuccia Ama; Castello di Central Italy

95.0

2011 Chianti Classico la Casuccia Central Italy

95.0
£1,091.00
£93.00

2010 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

94.0

2010 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

94.0
£1,117.00
£1,117.00

2009 Chianti Classico Riserva Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2009 Chianti Classico Riserva Central Italy

£303.00
£153.00
£28.00

2009 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2009 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

£1,223.00
£104.00

2008 Chianti Classico Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2008 Chianti Classico Central Italy

£243.00
£23.00

2008 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2008 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

£1,333.00
£665.00
£113.00

2007 Chianti Classico la Casuccia Ama; Castello di Central Italy

96.0

2007 Chianti Classico la Casuccia Central Italy

96.0
£1,115.00
£1,115.00
£557.00
£95.00

2007 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

94.0

2007 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

94.0
£1,117.00
£1,117.00
NEW
£280.00
NEW
£96.00
£381.00

2007 Chianti Classico Bellavista Ama; Castello di Central Italy

97.0

2007 Chianti Classico Bellavista Central Italy

97.0
£1,333.00
£1,333.00
£665.00
£333.00
£113.00

2007 Chianti Classico Bellavista G S (Library Release) Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2007 Chianti Classico Bellavista G S (Library Release) Central Italy

£1,573.00
£789.00

2007 Chianti Classico Ama; Castello di Central Italy

93.0

2007 Chianti Classico Central Italy

93.0
£339.00
£31.00
£23.00

2006 Chianti Classico Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2006 Chianti Classico Central Italy

£339.00
£31.00

2006 Chianti Classico Bellavista G S (Library Release) Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2006 Chianti Classico Bellavista G S (Library Release) Central Italy

£1,459.00
£728.00

2006 Chianti Classico Bellavista Ama; Castello di Central Italy

95.0

2006 Chianti Classico Bellavista Central Italy

95.0
£1,091.00
£545.00
£93.00

2006 Chianti Classico la Casuccia Ama; Castello di Central Italy

96.0

2006 Chianti Classico la Casuccia Central Italy

96.0
£1,151.00
NEW
£575.00
£98.00

2006 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2006 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

£1,607.00
£1,607.00
£136.00
£549.00

2006 Chianti Classico Riserva Bellavista Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2006 Chianti Classico Riserva Bellavista Central Italy

£1,031.00
£88.00

2005 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2005 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

£1,381.00
£117.00
£472.00

2004 Chianti Classico Ama; Castello di Central Italy

90.0

2004 Chianti Classico Central Italy

90.0
£339.00
£31.00

2004 Chianti Classico La Casuccia G S (Library Release) Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2004 Chianti Classico La Casuccia G S (Library Release) Central Italy

£2,267.00
£378.00

2004 Chianti Classico Riserva (Library Release) Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2004 Chianti Classico Riserva (Library Release) Central Italy

£775.00
£131.00

2004 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

94.0

2004 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

94.0
£1,731.00
£868.00
£146.00
£289.00

2004 Chianti Classico Vigneto Bertinga Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2004 Chianti Classico Vigneto Bertinga Central Italy

£910.00
£910.00
£78.00

2004 Chianti Classico la Casuccia (Italian Cellar) Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2004 Chianti Classico la Casuccia (Italian Cellar) Central Italy

£1,631.00
£818.00

2004 Chianti Classico Riserva Bellavista Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2004 Chianti Classico Riserva Bellavista Central Italy

£1,031.00
£88.00
£173.00
£352.00

2003 Chianti Classico Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2003 Chianti Classico Central Italy

£351.00
£32.00

2003 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2003 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

£1,381.00
£117.00

2002 Chianti Classico Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2002 Chianti Classico Central Italy

£291.00
£27.00
£18.00

2001 Chianti Classico Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2001 Chianti Classico Central Italy

£461.00
£41.00

2001 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2001 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

£1,453.00
£123.00

2001 Chianti Classico Bellavista Ama; Castello di Central Italy

95.0

2001 Chianti Classico Bellavista Central Italy

95.0
£790.00
£72.00

2001 Chianti Classico Castello di Ama (Italian Cellar) Ama; Castello di Central Italy

2001 Chianti Classico Castello di Ama (Italian Cellar) Central Italy

£409.00
£205.00

2000 Chianti Classico Ama; Castello di Central Italy

89.0

2000 Chianti Classico Central Italy

89.0
£358.00
£22.00

2000 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

92.0

2000 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

92.0
£1,309.00
£69.00

1999 Chianti Classico Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1999 Chianti Classico Central Italy

£339.00
£31.00

1999 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

88.0

1999 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

88.0
£1,333.00
£113.00

1999 Chianti Classico Bellavista Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1999 Chianti Classico Bellavista Central Italy

£1,103.00
£551.00

1998 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

95.0

1998 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

95.0
£1,551.00
£1,551.00
£131.00
£259.00

1998 Vin Santo Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1998 Vin Santo Central Italy

£1,575.00
£403.00

1998 Vigna Il Chiuso Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1998 Vigna Il Chiuso Central Italy

£473.00
£42.00

1998 Chianti Classico Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1998 Chianti Classico Central Italy

£231.00
£22.00

1997 Chianti Classico Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1997 Chianti Classico Central Italy

£413.00
£37.00

1997 Vigna Il Chiuso Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1997 Vigna Il Chiuso Central Italy

£473.00
£42.00

1997 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

92.0

1997 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

92.0
£1,611.00
£136.00
£128.00
£269.00

1997 Chianti Classico Bellavista Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1997 Chianti Classico Bellavista Central Italy

£1,042.00
£521.00
£79.00

1997 Chianti Classico Castello di Ama (Italian Cellar) Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1997 Chianti Classico Castello di Ama (Italian Cellar) Central Italy

£409.00
£205.00

1996 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1996 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

£1,247.00
£106.00
£209.00

1995 Chianti Classico Riserva Bellavista Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1995 Chianti Classico Riserva Bellavista Central Italy

£934.00
£80.00

1995 Chianti Classico la Casuccia Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1995 Chianti Classico la Casuccia Central Italy

£1,465.00
£124.00

1995 Chianti Classico la Casuccia (Italian Cellar) Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1995 Chianti Classico la Casuccia (Italian Cellar) Central Italy

£555.00
£278.00

1995 Vigna Il Chiuso Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1995 Vigna Il Chiuso Central Italy

£473.00
£42.00

1995 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1995 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

£1,091.00
£93.00

1995 Chianti Classico Bellavista Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1995 Chianti Classico Bellavista Central Italy

£1,393.00
£118.00

1994 Vigna Il Chiuso Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1994 Vigna Il Chiuso Central Italy

£485.00
£243.00
£43.00

1994 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1994 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

£1,091.00
£93.00
£67.00
£183.00

1994 Chianti Classico Riserva Bellavista Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1994 Chianti Classico Riserva Bellavista Central Italy

£802.00
£69.00
£41.00

1994 Chianti Classico la Casuccia (Italian Cellar) Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1994 Chianti Classico la Casuccia (Italian Cellar) Central Italy

£477.00
£239.00

1993 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1993 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

£1,103.00
£94.00
£185.00

1992 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

90.0

1992 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

90.0
£2,180.00
£183.00

1991 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1991 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

£1,042.00
£1,042.00
£89.00
£80.00

1990 Chianti Classico la Casuccia Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1990 Chianti Classico la Casuccia Central Italy

£1,031.00
£88.00

1990 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1990 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

£1,794.00
£151.00

1990 Vin Santo Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1990 Vin Santo Central Italy

£2,569.00
£215.00

1990 Chianti Classico Vigneto Bertinga Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1990 Chianti Classico Vigneto Bertinga Central Italy

£838.00
£71.00

1989 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1989 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

£1,983.00
£1,983.00

1988 Chianti Classico Riserva Bellavista Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1988 Chianti Classico Riserva Bellavista Central Italy

£766.00
£66.00

1988 Chianti Classico la Casuccia Ama; Castello di Central Italy

86.0

1988 Chianti Classico la Casuccia Central Italy

86.0
£1,139.00
£97.00

1988 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1988 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

£1,683.00
£1,273.00
£142.00

1988 Vigna Il Chiuso Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1988 Vigna Il Chiuso Central Italy

£689.00
£60.00

1987 Vigna l'Apparita Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1987 Vigna l'Apparita Central Italy

£2,010.00
£169.00

1986 Chianti Classico San Lorenzo Gran Selezione Ama; Castello di Central Italy

1986 Chianti Classico San Lorenzo Gran Selezione Central Italy

£766.00
£66.00

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