Castello di Ama

Montebuoni Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG – 2018

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.

Reviews

91 Points

Bright black cherry and blackberry flavors highlight this round, fruity red. Lively acidity and fine-grained tannins are integrated and lend support. A touch of earth graces the finish. Drink now. 3,333 cases made, 250 cases imported

Wine Spectator, August, 2021
95 Points

Delicious and elegantly structured, this opens with alluring aromas of fragrant blue flower, black-skinned fruit, eucalyptus and espresso. On the savory, focused palate, bright acidity and lithe, fine-grained tannins accompany juicy black cherry, mocha, licorice and crushed mint. Drink through 2028.

Wine Enthusiast, September, 2021
92 Points

A brand-new wine for Castello di Ama, Montebuoni comes from a 14.5-hectare vineyard purchased and replanted in 1997. Adjacent to Vigna Bellavista, it sits between 420 and 500 metres above sea level with a northwest to southeast exposure. Immediately inviting ripe cherry and plums are punctuated by a parade of fresh fennel, mint, violet and allspice. Yet the palate is still tightly wound, with grainy tannins taking hold, and very racy acidity on the finish. If this develops as articulately as the nose suggests, it will be a beauty. Drinking Window 2023 – 2029

Decanter, April, 2021
92 Points

2018 is the inaugural vintage for this single vineyard bottling of Chianti Riserva, which Castello di Ama purchased and replanted in 1997. The wine is composed of a blend of ninety-five percent sangiovese and five percent merlot, with both varietals vinified separately with indigenous yeasts and blended right after the completion of malo. The wine is raised in barriques and comes in at 13.5 percent alcohol in this vintage. It offers up a deep, refined and nascently complex nose of red and black cherries, gamebird, a lovely base of soil tones, bonfire, a touch of fresh oregano and a nice topnote of cedar. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and tangy, with a lovely core of fruit, excellent soil signature and grip, ripe, moderate tannins and a long, complex and beautifully balanced finish. This is lovely Chianti that I would opt for tucking away for a couple of years in the cellar, but which is eminently drinkable now with a bit of aeration. 2023 – 2045

View From The Cellar, August, 2021
93 Points

A new wine in this range, the 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva Montebuoni is effusive, deep and powerful. Black cherry, plum, spice, leather and dried herbs all open in the glass. Bright saline notes extend the finish nicely. The 2018 offers a compelling balance of fruit richness and energy. 2023 – 2038

Vinous - Antonio Galloni, September, 2021
93 Points

Here’s an exciting discovery from Castello di Ama. An inaugural vintage, the 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva Montebuoni sources its fruit from a vineyard site planted next to the celebrated Bellavista parcel in 1997. Showing a classic Tuscan spirit that is playful and mischievous, this wine is beautiful and bright with loads of ripe and soft fruit flavors, spanning from cherry to plum and violets to potting soil. The wine is medium-bodied and lean, but it shows enough intensity and freshness to make a really nice and lasting impact on the palate. I can recommend a solid 10-year drinking window for this cheerful bottle. 2021 – 2028

© Wine Advocate, October, 2021