Castello di Ama

Montebuoni Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG – 2019


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.


91 Points

Rich, boasting cherry, plum, earth, leather and sanguine notes. Firm, yet the fruit holds its own through the lively, persistent finish. Fine balance and energy overall. Sangiovese and Merlot. Drink now through 2027.

Wine Spectator, September, 2022
93 Points

The 2019 Chianti Classico Riserva Montebuoni is a dark, sensual wine. Black cherry, plum, spice, licorice and dried herbs all take shape in a virile, layered Riserva that is a terrific bridge into the Gran Seleziones in the range. I would give this a few years in bottle. 2024 – 2034

Vinous - Antonio Galloni, June, 2022
95 Points

Very subtle aromas of dark berries, licorice and violets. Really floral and bright. Medium-bodied with very fine tannins that integrate beautifully into the wine. Such a lovely and sophisticated mouth-feel to this. Drinkable already, but better in two or three years.

© Wine Advocate, September, 2022
94 Points

This is a new wine with the inaugural 2018 vintage introduced last year. The Castello di Ama 2019 Chianti Classico Riserva Montebuoni draws its fruit from a vineyard site that sits parallel to Vigneto Bellavista about one kilometer over and enjoys similar exposures. The estate felt that it needed to fill a gap in the portfolio between the entry-level wines and the top-shelf Gran Selezioni. That’s where the Riserva Montebuoni comes in. This 15-hectare site was purchased by Marco Pallanti in 1997, and a lot of work went into moving earth and preparing the poor, clay-based terrain for planting. These results show beautifully concentrated fruit over a medium to full-bodied approach with lingering smoke, blackberry and sweet tobacco. 2023 – 2030

© Wine Advocate, February, 2023
92 Points

The second vintage of this single-vineyard Riserva, Montebuoni is sourced from vines at least 20 years old. It provides a logical progression from Ama’s annata, made from younger vines. As with the annata, ageing is in second-use French oak barriques. A sweet herbal mix of fennel and tarragon mingles with strawberry and rhubarb. Hints of vanilla permeate throughout. Smooth and polished, it glides across the palate. Lightly powdered tannins are quite delicate and well-integrated. Mouthwatering and cheerful, with a cranberry tang. 2022 – 2031

Decanter, March, 2022
17+ Points

Gaiole in Chianti. 95% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot.
Lustrous crimson. A finely perfumed, concentrated nose of red fruit with a flattering oak hint. Elegant sappy cherry fruit with soft gripping tannins. Closes up and needs more time to come around fully. 2023 – 2032, May, 2022
93 Points

Flavors of dark cherry and black raspberry provide a pleasantly tart edge to this wine’s rich texture and warm spice notes. Pinpoint acidity and saline tones wash through the finish as the wine gains energy with exposure to air.

Wine and Spirits, April, 2023
93 Points

Castello di Ama purchased the Montebuoni vineyard in 1997 and replanted it in the same year. It lies on the slope alongside of the Bellavista vineyard. The 2019 Riserva made here this year is composed from a blend of ninety-five percent sangiovese and five percent merlot, with the wine undergoing its malo in cask and aged for one year in barriques. It offers up a deep, complex and beautifully black fruity nose of sweet dark berries, black cherries, cigar wrapper, a refined base of soil, just a touch of fresh oregano, gentle notes of cedar and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and nicely structured, with ripe tannins, a fine core of fruit, good soil signature and lovely focus and balance on the long and nascently complex finish. At age four, this is certainly approachable today, but it deserves a bit more bottle age. 2023 – 2055

View From The Cellar, November, 2023