Wine of the Day August 28, 2013

2009CastellodiAmaRiserva2009 Castello di Ama, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, Tuscany, Italy.
One of the top Classico estates, Castello di Ama is a great producer, widely acclaimed and praised, it is there for no surprise, that the latest Riserva is a total knock out, but I can still be mightily impressed and left even more a fan of this stunning wine. Castello di Ama’s 2009 Classico Riserva is a spellbinding effort with amazing precision, texture and unique charm and character with dark fruit, depth and length. The nose leads with wild flowers, herbs, smoke and currants before a refined and elegant palate of blackberry, plum and dark cherry fruit, cedar, blonde tobacco leaf, sweet herbs, anise along with black olive, pepper, strawberry and a faint whiff of vanilla. This Chianti is an estate grown blend of about 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc and is without question one of the finest wines of the region and of the vintage made with total passion and detailed craftsmanship, drink now through 2020, this is glorious stuff.
($49 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

 

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