Castello di Ama

Vigneto La Casuccia 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

98 Points

Crazy aromas of wild hyacinths, blueberries, rose petals, lilies, jasmine, incense, black plums and dark chocolate. Hints of earth and mushrooms, too. The complexity is off the scale. The palate is all about the acidity, which could be edgy enough to throw you off a cliff, but the seamless tannins and beautiful, long finish are also unmistakable in their beauty and finesse. A wine that makes you think. Better in 2021, but it is already a beauty.

jamessuckling.com, September, 2018
95 Points

This has drive and elegance, an ideal foil for the cherry, black currant, wild herb and mineral flavors.  Shows energy and balance, though this will need time for all the elements to integrate fully.  Offers a nice, chewy, licorice-tinged finish.  Best from 2022 through 2038.  25 cases imported.

Wine Spectator, October, 2018
95+ Points

Compared to Castello di Ama’s other top Gran Selezione expressions, the 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigneto La Casuccia offers thick brushstrokes of ripe fruit, spice and crushed stone.  Perhaps this wine has less depth compared to the others, but this is only by a tiny fraction.  This wine exhibits immediate boldness, suppleness and richness, especially in this warm and exuberant vintage.  The wine finishes with dark fruit flavors and firmly structured tannins.

© Wine Advocate, October, 2018