Castello di Ama

Al Poggio Chardonnay di Toscana – 2020


Castello di Ama

Castello di Ama was founded in 1976, and is located in Gaiole in Chianti, within the additional geographical unit of the same name (UGA), located in the heart of Tuscany. It is located about 12 miles northeast of Siena in the hills of Gaiole. This is the heart of Chianti Classico, a bucolic rolling landscape of woods, vineyards and olive groves.

The estate is currently helmed by CEO Lorenza Sebasti, a member of the second generation of one of the four founding families. Marco Pallanti, who was once the President of the Chianti Classico Consorzio, has been the winemaker and technical director at Castello di Ama since 1982.

The goal of the estate is to have each bottle of Castello di Ama express the uniqueness of the terroir, and be an authentic expression of the vintage. Ama has practiced sustainable viticulture since the end of the 1990s, and recently received Equalitas (Italy) certification.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Altitude: 1,500 – 1,640 feet
  • Exposure: northeast/southwest
  • Soils: chalky, calcareous clay
  • Vine Training System: partially open Lyre and partially vertical trellis
  • Vine Planting Density: 2,800 plants/ha for Lyre; 5,200 plants/ha for vertical trellis
Harvest Notes
  • 2020 is known as “the year without winter,” because there was no snow in the 1st quarter of the year.
  • In March, a sudden drop in temperature to 32ºF significantly slowed the growing season.
  • Warm, bright days from June til August
  • First rain at end of August
  • Warm September with cool nights perfected ripening and aromatic development.
  • Hand harvested into small crates in mid-September.
  • Gentle pressing
  • 60% of must wine refrigerated and fermented in stainless steel tanks
  • 40% transferred to Allier and Tronçais barriques, 50% new, 50% once-used
  • 25% of the wood-fermented juice was macerated on skins for 12 hours
  • All barrel-fermented wine completed malolactic fermentation, and was aged on lees for 8 months, with battonage every 7 days.
  • Bottled in March 2021
Winemaker's Notes

Al Poggio conveys the opulence of Chardonnay, and is imbued with freshness. It is brilliant gold in color, with aromas of citrus peel, almond and dried flowers. On the palate, it’s delicate yet decisive, with excellent freshness, and followed by a long finish.

Wine Summary

100% Chardonnay; alcohol: 13%; grown in very chalky clay soils at 1,500 – 1,640 ft; 60% of wine fermented in stainless steel tanks; 40% in oak barriques, 50% new; 25% of barrel fermented juice macerated for 12 hours; malolactic fermentation for barrel-fermented wine and aged on lees for 8 months, with battonage every week; bottled in March 2021.

Technical Information
  • 100% Chardonnay
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Total Acidity: 4.88 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: < 1 g/l
  • Extract: 19.6 g/l


92 Points

Bright, fresh lemon peel, mint, white pepper and lemon confit all grace this airy, super-expressive Chardonnay 2020 Al Poggio. All the elements are so wonderfully balanced. 2021 – 2024

Vinous - Antonio Galloni, September, 2021

95 Points

The Castello di Ama 2020 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigneto la Casuccia is a single-vineyard expression of Sangiovese. The wine is dark and concentrated in this vintage with lovely tones of ripe blackberry, baked plum, sweet earth and black rose. It has all the classic aromas of the variety, only in this case they are delivered with extra heft and push thanks to the warm and sunny growing season. This vintage remains slightly more accessible overall. 2025 – 2040

© Wine Advocate, May, 2023

General Info

Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Appellation(s) Chianti Classico
Proprietor/CEO Lorenza Sebasti
Founded 1974
Winemaker Marco Pallanti
Annual Production 25,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable certified by Equalitas Italy