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Castello di Ama

Chianti Classico San Lorenzo Gran Selezione 2010






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Winemaker Marco Pallanti has farmed this estate in Chianti Classico since 1982, and he knows its vineyards well, producing acclaimed single-vineyard wines with the help of wife and co-owner Lorenza. San Lorenzo is a small valley, with 50 acres of vines planted in a mix of limestone and clay at an elevation of 1,650 feet. The 2010 is 80 percent Sangiovese, with Malvasia Nera and Merlot. A racy, vibrant red that shows the elegance of the site, it is the top-scoring Chianti Classico tasted this year.

An art installation at Castello di Ama: Daniel Buren's 75-foot-long, 6-foot-high wall of mirrors, looking onto the vineyardsPhoto by Alessandro Moggi

The wife-and-husband co-owners of Castello di Ama: general manager Lorenza Sebasti Pallanti and winemaker Marco PallantiPhoto by Alessandro Moggi

Tasting Note:

Offers a combination of power and elegance, with a racy feel. Notes of wild cherry, strawberry and rose, with leafy, woodsy flavors, permeate this driving red. The finish is long, but this needs time to shed the tannins. Well-defined from start to finish. Sangiovese, Malvasia Nera and Merlot. Best from 2017 through 2030. –Bruce Sanderson

  • Special Designation: Highly Recommended
  • Region: Tuscany, Italy
  • Issue Date: Oct. 31, 2014