Founded in 1972, Castello di Ama sits 12 miles northeast of Siena in the hills of Gaiole. The property is owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Marco Pallanti and Lorenza Sebasti. Marco was a young viticulturalist who in a very few years had become one of the most highly respected winemakers in Tuscany. He began to experiment with non-traditional varieties such as Merlot, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, to enhance the concept of cru wines (introducing Vigneto Bellavista, Vigneto La Casuccia and L'Apparita) and to utilize small oak barrels. In 2003, he was crowned Oenologist of the Year by Vini d'Italia, published by Gambero Rosso and Slow Food. Over the past 30-40 years, he replanted all of the vineyards and upgraded all of the winemaking capabilities to make this one of Tuscany’s showcase producers. 90 hectares are planted to vines at an average altitude of 480 meters with a southern exposure and clay calcareous soils. The obsessive dedication to quality in both the vineyard and winery has made Castello di Ama not only one of Tuscany’s greatest wine producers, but one of the finest wineries in the world.
| Wine Advocate 96 points (Oct 2010)
The estate?s 2007 Chianti Classico Vigneto La Casuccia is deep, dark and sensual with a warm core of fruit that radiates from its poised frame. This shows superb density, richness and finesse from start to finish, with exceptional depth and fabulous overall balance. It is without question a wine for the future, but the richness of the fruit and the extraordinary silkiness of the tannins bode for an immensely rewarding life ahead. Sweet floral notes add freshness and lift to the finish. What a wine! Anticipated maturity: 2017-2032.
Wine Spectator 95 points (Aug 31 2011)
This red is concentrated, with brambly cherry, raspberry and spice flavors. Sweet at its core, this is tight now, ending in firm tannins. Really blossoms after an hour, turning silkier and lingering beautifully on the aftertaste. Best from 2014 through 2025. 70 cases imported. –BS