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Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Gran Selezione San Lorenzo 2011

Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Gran Selezione San Lorenzo 2011

Sku: 010148

Tasting Notes: Very attractive, with a modern sensibility. It is inky and juicy with aromas of rhubarb and liquorish, firm and full bodied with a dense, fruity core. The 20% Malvasia Nera and Merlot contributes to the deep color and ripeness, its tannins gentled by 12 months in barrique (20% new). A good example of the new Classico Gran Selezione classification (just the 2nd vintage of this classification).

San Lorenzo is the name of the magnificent wide valley which is the vista from Castello di Ama's 18th Century Villa, and the location of their best vineyards. The property was revived in the 1960's under the Castello di Ama label and is run today by Lorenza Sebasti, the second generation of one of the winery's founding families, and her husband Marco Pallanti, the winemaker. San Lorenzo has always been the signature wine of Castelo di Ama's wines, which include single vineyard bottlings.

2010 marked the first vintage of San Lorenzo's change of designation from Chianti Classico Reserva to Gran Selezione. Gran Selezione is Chianti Classico's most recent designation for top tier wines. It requires:
  • 100% estate grown fruit
  • minimum of 80% Sangiovese
  • minimum ripeness at harvest, measured as potential alcohol, of 13% (up from 12.5% of Chianti Classico)
  • greater extract
  • minimum of 30 months aging before release (an increase from 24 months of Reserva).

In former Wine Spectator wine critic James Suckling's review of the new Gran Selezione DOCG designation, San Lorenzo scored 96 points, ranking #3 out of over 80 wineries that have been approved for the designation.
Drink now through 2026

- Sadie Flateman, 67 Wine

92 Points, Wine Spectator
Broad and intense, exhibiting floral, cherry, rhubarb, leather and almond notes. Well-knit and vibrant, with a compact finish. Should stretch out nicely. Best from 2016 through 2026.

96 Points,James Suckling
This has a dusty character on the nose with soil, dried fruit and blueberry. Flowers too. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Tight and structured. Shows wonderful depth of fruit and beauty. Chewy. Better in 2016.

Wine maker notes
The Chianti Classico Castello di Ama San Lorenzo takes its name from the magnificent wide valley that their 18th century villas overlook. This is Castello di Ama's Gran Selezione, made from grapes that come from our older vineyards and from others that, having been planted at least ten years ago, have attained a perfect level of polyphenolic maturity at harvest. Castello di Ama's Gran Selezione is an extraordinarily elegant, powerful and intense wine. Undoubtedly it represents the perfect picture of the uniqueness of the territory.

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Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub-Region: Chianti Classico
Grape Varietal: Sangiovese
Type: Still wine
Classification: DOCG
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