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AppellationToscana IGT
Castello di Ama
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Whether it’s the climate, landscape, architecture, food or wine, everyone loves something about Tuscany.  Its wine scene is particularly rich, and although Chianti is hugely important, there are many other notable wines from this east-central Italian region.
Montalcino is perhaps the most highly reputed.  Its climate is generally warmer and drier than Chianti and its rich wines reflect this.  The region only became famous in the 1960s but Brunello di Montalcino is now the most prestigious DOCG in Tuscany.  Brunello is the local name for the Sangiovese grape, which is here used unblended.
Montepulciano (not to be confused with the grape of that name grown in Abruzzo) is another Tuscan region exclusively based on its own variant of Sangiovese, called Prugnolo Gentile.  Vino Nobile di Montepulciano matures rather sooner than Brunello di Montalcino.
Bolgheri is a coastal region largely devoted to Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon.  Some of Italy’s most famous reds hail from here: wines like Sassicaia and Ornellaia.
Chianti itself is around 100 miles long, tucked in between the cities of Florence and Siena.  Chianti Classico is the heart of the region, widely thought to produce the finest wines.  Chianti also has six satellite zones: Colli Senesi, Colli Fiorentini, Colli Pisane, Colli Aretini, Montalbano and Rufina.  Of these, Rufina is the best known and the one most often encountered elsewhere.
Chianti is always a blend, with Sangiovese the main grape.  Its traditional blending partners are Canaiolo, Colorino and Malvasia Nera, but international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are increasingly used.

Castello di Ama

One of the great Tuscan producers, Castello di Ama lies in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, about 12 miles northeast of Siena in the hills of Gaiole.  Famed for its wine since the 16th century, the hamlet of Ama occupies a spectacular rounded hilltop, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves.  The estate was bought in the late Sixties by four families who had fallen in love with the spot, and the winery Castello di Ama was founded in 1974.
 A major replanting program ensued, initially with local varieties.  In 1982 young local agronomist Marco Pallanti was hired to manage the vineyards.  He embarked on a major transformation, identifying the best sites for particular varieties and regrafting them onto the existing rootstocks.  This included the rather daring introduction of Merlot into a few sites, and in 1985 the winery produced the first Super Tuscan made entirely from Merlot, L’Apparita.  This rapidly became one of the most sought-after Italian reds and really put the estate on the map.
L’Apparita is still made today and is still regarded as one of the world’s great Merlots, but the estate’s reputation now rests more on its range of more traditional Chianti Classico reds.  These Sangiovese-based wines (with a little Merlot and Malvasia Nera) are regarded as benchmarks for the region.  They are complemented by two less traditional Sangiovese blends: Haiku, with Cabernet Franc; and Il Chiuso, with Pinot Noir.  There is also a white, Al Poggio, made from Chardonnay.

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