Castello di Ama

AMA Chianti Classico DOCG – 2022

Region: ITALY - TUSCANY

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: 1500 – 1720 feet
  • Exposure: North-West/South-East
  • Soil: Clay and calcareous
  • Vine Training Systems: Vertical trellis with single Guyot
  • Clonal selections: Sangiovese CC2000, CC2004, AGRI45, Merlot 343 Rootstock 420
  • Average Vine Age: 10 – 13 years
  • Planting Density: 2100 vines/acre
Harvest Notes
  • Beautiful and surprising harvest 2022
  • No rain at all from June through mid-August, good rain on the 15th
  • Vines struggled but produced nearly-perfect fruit
  • Merlot harvest began September 12; Sangiovese 9/20 – 10/4/22
  • Each variety vinified separately using only ambient yeasts, at controlled temperature 82ºF in stainless steel tanks
  • Manual pumpovers
  • Cuvaison 23 days for Sangiovese, 25 days for Merlot
  • Wines into barriques for malolactic fermentation
  • Blended and aged 12 months in 2nd passage oak barrels of thin grain
Winemaker's Notes

Ama, produced almost entirely from Sangiovese grapes, was added to the estate’s wines with the 2010 vintage and the introduction of Gran Selezione quality appellation in Chianti Classico. Deep red ruby color. Red currant, cherry, violet and strawberry aromas. A harmonic, fragrant wine with lovely, balanced fruit notees. Polished tannins and fresh acidity finish this quintessential Chianti Classico.

Wine Summary

96% Sangiovese, 4% Merlot; alcohol: 13.5%; soils clay-calcareous; altitude: 1500 – 1720 feet; high density planting: 2100 vines/acre; varieties harvested and fermented separately into stainless steel tanks using only indigenous yeasts; malolactic fermentation in stainless steel; blended and aged 12 months in second passage oak barriques.

Technical Information
  • 96% Sangiovese, 4% Merlot
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Total Acidity: 5.95 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: < 1 g/l
  • Extract: 30.4 m/l

Reviews

91 Points

First produced in 2010, Ama was conceived following the estate’s extensive replanting project. Winemaker Marco Pallanti decided to bottle the younger, more productive vines separately from older plantings – the latter go into the San Lorenzo Gran Selezione. The 2022 is full of youthful vim. Scents of cinnamon, red plum and dark cherry percolate on the nose, and red rose lurks in the background. Medium in weight, it offers a mouthful of cherry pits and gravelly stones inflected with white pepper. Very juicy, peppy acidity joins a light, chalky tannin frame. 2024 – 2029

Decanter, February, 2024

91 Points

The 2022 Chianti Classico Ama opens with a burst of dark red cherry/plum fruit. Vibrant and generous, with bright acids, the Ama is an absolute delight. Its forward personality and impeccable balance make it a fine choice for drinking now and over the next decade or so. 2024 – 2034

Vinous - Antonio Galloni, July, 2024

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