Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Gran Selezione San Lorenzo 2016
Castello di Ama is one of our favorite estates in Tuscany, just 12 miles northeast of Siena in the hills of Gaiole. The site is spectacular, set on a rounded hilltop 1600 feet above sea level. San Lorenzo is 80% Sangiovese, 13% Merlot, and 7% Malvasia Nera. Flavors of cherry, spice, and mineral, with polished tannins and sweet fruit.
WS 95: Offers stunning aromas of black cherry, blackberry and violet, with ripe, sweet fruit on the palate, shaded by iron, earth and tobacco elements. Supple yet well-structured, this should come together soon. Shows terrific harmony and length. Best from 2022 through 2036. From Italy.—B.S.
SENIOR EDITOR BRUCE SANDERSON SAYS: “Castello di Ama’s San Lorenzo is named after one of the estate’s four valleys planted to vines. This wine is a blend of the best vineyards of the estate from vines more than 10 years old. Owner and winemaker Marco Pallanti ages it for 12 to 13 months in barriques, 30 percent of which are new, with the remainder one- to three-years-old. After unifying the blend in stainless steel tanks for four months, it ages another year in bottle before release
WA 95:The 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione San Lorenzo is immediately more inky and balsamic in terms of aromas. As soon as you lift the wine to your nose, you get pretty tones of blackberry, cassis, rosemary essence, licorice and a touch of medicinal herb. I love when Sangiovese produces those elegant aromas, and for that reason, this wine stands tall among the three single-vineyard expressions from Marco Pallanti and Castello di Ama. It shows fiber, richness and lasting structure with a very well-managed quality of tannins.