Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Riserva 2008
A gorgeous, aromatic marriage of fruit and spice mark a special attack, in a wine that is overall refined and stylish.
Castello di Ama Riserva is an exquisitely elegant wine. Produced from prevalently Sangiovese grapes gathered by hand, over time, the wine has conveyed impressive longevity, upholding a combination of elegance, structure, and mellow tannins. The wine evolves with complexity, maintaining freshness on the finish.
Ama was alive long before it became our home. Art, landscape, and the wisdom of wine have always co-existed in Ama. The Etruscan origins attest to the existence of a walled town in pre-Roman times.
The Firidolfi family-owned Ama during the Holy Roman Empire. The castle, which stands in the denomination, was probably destroyed in the fifteenth century during the Aragonese invasions in the Chianti area.
In the early 1700s, new dwellings were built, using the same stones, in the same spot where the castle had originally stood. Hence, the construction of the villas belonging to Pianigiani and Ricucci families, which now comprise the Castello di Ama estate headquarters.
A document dating to July 1773 contains a report by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Leopold II, as the Governor of Tuscany, which praised the excellence of the hilly terrain.
The beauty of Ama spurred Tomaso Carini to oversee the rebirth of this land in the early Seventies, involving three friends (GianVittorio Cavanna, Pietro Tradico, and Lionello Sebasti) in the project. A limited company was established, which would change the destiny of Chianti.
Our labels and the symbol of Castello di Ama are dominated by artist Gian Carozzi’s stylized depiction of the knight Guidoriccio da Fogliano, painted by Simone Martini in the 1330 fresco at Siena City Hall.
Seventy-five hectares under vine, around the village of Ama. The vineyards lie between 420 and 515 meters above sea level and extend across four valleys referred to by their traditional names of Bellavista, San Lorenzo, La Casuccia, and Montebuoni.
This wine has been produced until vintaqe 2009, nowadays Castello di Ama makes a 'Ama Chianti Classico' from younger vines and a 'Chianti Classico Gran Selezione San Lorenzo' from older vines.