Castello di Ama

Vigneto La Casuccia Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – 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.


100 Points

The 2019 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigneto La Casuccia is stunning. What a wine! In this vintage, the aromatics are huge and expansive, a theme that comes through on the palate as well. Cedar, tobacco, dried leaves, incense and blood orange all race out of the glass. The 2019 is mind-blowing in its intensity, pedigree and overall balance. It’s the wine of the vintage in Chianti Classico. 2027 – 2044

Vinous - Antonio Galloni, June, 2022
97 Points

The 2019 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigneto la Casuccia is a wine of intensity, volume and power. Yet it also shows impeccable balance thanks to the deft hands of the estate winemaking team. I find this edition of la Casuccia, with fruit from a steep vineyard that faces the Castello, to be especially full and rich. Fruit weight and concentration is indeed a characteristic of this classic growing season, and this wine wears it well. You are treated to plenty of blackberry, spice, tobacco and grilled herb. 2024 -2045

© Wine Advocate, February, 2023
95 Points

Cool blueberry aromas with purple fruit and an inky highlight. Black licorice as well. Full-bodied with firm and racy tannins that are polished yet structured. Fairly tight and closed right now. It needs time to open and soften with bottle age. Try after 2025., September, 2022
96 Points

Broad and packed with succulent flavors of plum, blackberry and black cherry, this red is supported by a dense, burly structure that should allow it to evolve nicely over the next two decades. Reveals iron, earth, eucalyptus and tobacco accents by the finish. All the elements are there, this just needs time. Sangiovese and Merlot. Best from 2026 through 2045.

Wine Spectator, April, 2023
97 Points

Castello di Ama’s vineyards all lie in western Gaiole, where white, limestone-rich alberese soils predominate. La Casuccia includes a bit more clay than Marco Pallanti’s other vineyard sites, and that seems to build broader, richer tannins and intense depth in the dark fruit flavors while maintaining freshness in this warm and dry vintage. The fleshy red fruit from the 20 percent of merlot in the blend marries seamlessly with sangiovese’s leaner frame, giving a wine with juicy dark cherry and raspberry flavors tinged with notes of blood orange and a hint of mint. The wine gains energy for several days, the lively fruit tones and cool salinity lasting through a long and balanced finish.

Wine and Spirits, April, 2023
93+ Points

As I mentioned last year, the La Casuccia vineyard is more petit than neighboring Bellavista (twelve hectares versus twenty-two); half the vines here were planted here in 1978 and half in 2007. The wine’s élevage done in forty percent new oak and sixty percent one wine casks for fourteen months prior to bottling. The cépages of the 2019 La Casuccia is eighty percent Sangiovese and twenty percent Merlot and the wine comes in at 13.5 percent octane in this vintage. It offers up a beautifully refined constellation of black cherries, dark berries, bonfire, coffee bean, dark soil tones, a lovely array of Tuscan herbs, just a hint of lavender and a nice framing of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and youthful, with a fine core of fruit, impressive soil signature already for such a young wine, fine-grained tannins and a long, complex and seamlessly balanced, chewy finish. This too needs time in the cellar to start to blossom, but it will not demand quite as many years in hibernation before it really starts to drink well. 2030 – 2075

View From The Cellar, November, 2023