Castello di Ama

Vigneto Bellavista Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – 2019

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

98 Points

The glorious Bellavista Vineyard appears under the sunlight over the slope of a hill as you approach Castello di Ama. The 2019 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigneto Bellavista is only produced in the very best vintages, and annual production hovers from 5,000 to 6,000 bottles. Production was skipped in 2017, 2014, 2012 and 2010. This stunning wine reveals beautiful concentration with just the right amount of fruit weight, which feels rich but not heavy. The wine also appears compact and firm, with outstanding depth that is teased across aromas of wild berry fruit, crushed mineral, rose, tobacco and minty herb. The wine’s complexity unfolds carefully with time in the glass. 2024 – 2045

© Wine Advocate, February, 2023
97+ Points

The 2019 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigneto Bellavista soars out of the glass with breathtaking intensity in all of its dimensions. The aromatics alone are striking, but that’s just the beginning. Rich and sumptuous on the palate, the 2019 is the most refined Bellavista I have ever tasted, and I have tasted them all. A healthy dollop of Malvasia Nera adds savory notes and a good deal of grip, while clean mineral nuances extend the finish. The tannins are especially polished, which they rarely are in a young Bellavista. 2027 – 2044

Vinous - Antonio Galloni, June, 2022
96 Points

Blackberry, brambleberry, bark and mushroom aromas follow through to a full body with deep and chewy tannins and a long finish. This is very structured. Needs time to soften. Drink after 2025.

jamessuckling.com, September, 2022
97 Points

Dark and brooding, this red evokes violet, black currant and black cherry flavors accented by wild herbs, iron, sanguine and spice notes. Underlined by a steely structure and vibrant acidity, this shows fine balance and harmony, yet will require more time to ultimately attain its sweet spot. Sangiovese and Malvasia Nera. Best from 2026 through 2047. Best from 2026 – 2047

Wine Spectator, April, 2023
95 Points

This wine’s dark cherry and plum flavors are almost sweet in their ripeness, the flavors enhanced by lively spice notes and floral scents from 20 percent of malvasia nera, which bolsters sangiovese’s fine tannins. The deeply concentrated fruit tones gain notes of roasted mushroom and savory herbs as the wine opens in the glass, maintaining a smooth texture through the long finish.

Wine and Spirits, April, 2023
93 Points

Roughly half of the Bellavista vineyard was planted between 1974 and 1978, with the balance replanted in 2007. The 2019 version is crafted from a cépages of eighty percent Sangiovese and twenty percent Malvasia Nera. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts, undergoes malo in barriques and was raised in forty percent new oak this year for fourteen months prior to bottling. The wine tips the scales at fourteen percent octane in this vintage and delivers a beautiful bouquet of sweet dark berries, espresso, cigar smoke, dark soil tones, just a hint of Tuscan herbs and a deft framing of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full bodied and still quite primary, with a superb core of black fruit, fine focus and grip, firm, chewy tannins and lovely balance on the long, nascently complex and quite soil-driven finish. This is a very young bottle of Chianti and will demand some hibernation time in the cellar to let its tannins soften up properly. In due course, it will be a fine and quite long-lived bottle. 2033 – 2075

View From The Cellar, November, 2023