2016 Castello di Ama Chianti Classico AMA

Year: 2016
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 89+
James Suckling: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"Backwards and traditional in style, this red will require some time to find equilibrium and reveal all its facets. Shows purity to the core of cherry, currant, leather and earth flavors, finishing firm and long. Best from 2021 through 2036. 1,200 cases imported. -BS" (WS)

"It is hard to go wrong with Tuscan wines from the classic 2016 vintage, and this fact is apparent even with an entry-level wine such as the 2016 Chianti Classico Ama. Both the 2015 and the 2016 vintages are excellent, with 2015 showing more muscle power and 2016 showing higher elegance. This beautiful wine is fresh and bright in delivery with red cherry, plum and wild berry. The wine comes alive in the mouth, thanks to that crisp acidity. Fruit for this wine comes from the estate's younger vines that are up to eight years old." (WA)

"The 2016 Chianti Classico Ama, the estate's entry-level wine, emerges from younger vines within the property. Dark, plum, spice, menthol and licorice flesh out in a forward, supple Chianti Classico built on fruit density and voluptuousness, both of which the wine has in spades. Just bottled, the 2016 needs time to be at its most expressive. A dollop (5%) Merlot rounds out the blend." (VM)

"Very, very perfumed with cherry, floral and blackberry aromas. Full body, a solid core of fruit and a fresh, clean finish. Solid and delicious. A real Chianti Classico. Drink now." (JS)

Winery Notes:
Castello di Ama sits 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 property is owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Marco Pallanti and Lorenza Sebasti. Over the last quarter century they have replanted all of the vineyards and upgraded all of the winemaking capabilities to make this one of Tuscany’s showcase producers.