Castello di Ama

Vigneto Bellavista Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – 2015

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

99 Points

This awe-inspiring Chianti Classico shows blueberries, blackberries, red plums, melted chocolate, hazelnuts, violets, elderberries, heather, rose stems, ash and charcoal. Full body and a ripe yet ultra-polished sheen of tannins, which encase wonderfully rich and fresh fruit. Deep and ever so long on the finish. The silkiness is mind-boggling. Will this prove to be the greatest Chianti Classico ever made? Drink or hold.

jamessuckling.com, September, 2018
92 Points

Offers vibrant cherry and strawberry flavors out front, supported by earth, iron and tobacco notes.  Chalky tannins underline all the elements and the finish extends with a whisper of fruit, mineral and tobacco.  Best from 2021 through 2033.  25 cases imported.

Wine Spectator, October, 2018
97 Points

This wine is one of the true protagonists of the 2015 vintage.  The 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigneto Bellavista offers an unreal level of intensity and depth with profound darkness and perfectly integrated tannins versus acidity.  This wine was not produced in 2014.  This vintage only say 4,200 bottles made.  The wine pours forth with rich fruit that is tightly woven within the wine’s generous texture.  Spice, smoke and tobacco appear as brief afterthoughts.  Despite the beauty of the bouquet, this wine is ultimately all about the finesse and the elegance of its mouthfeel and that subtle game it plays alternating between brawn and grace.  Vigneto Bellavista is bellissimo.

© Wine Advocate, October, 2018