Castello di Ama wine producer

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.
 

Decanting Club wines made by: Castello di Ama

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