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1995 Castello di Ama Il Chiuso

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Castello di Ama

Castello di Ama is in Gaiole di Chianti, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. It is owned and operated by the husband-and-wife team of Lorenza Sebasti and Marco Pallanti. Sebasti’s father had purchased the land in the 1970s, and Pallanti became the winemaker there. By the early 1990s the couple were renovating the historic tenuta, or farm, and producing Chianti that impressed reviewers. In 2003 Gambero Rosso honored Marco Pallanti as Winemaker of the year, and in 2005 the journal named Castello di Ama the Best Winery of the Year. Castello di Ama owns 240 acres of vineyards and produces a portfolio of acclaimed Chianti Classicos, as well as red, rose and white Toscana wines. Gambero Rosso regularly gives the estate’s Chianti the highest rating of 3 glasses, and notes that “an authentic style has always been the salient feature of Ama wines…” Some 400,000 bottles are produced annually.

REGION

Italy, Tuscany

Tuscany, or Toscana in Italian, is Italy’s best-known wine region and its most diverse. Historically Sangiovese was the primary grape grown in Tuscany and Chianti was considered the purest expression of Sangiovese. Sangiovese and its many clones are still important, and they are the grapes used for the Tuscan appellations of Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano, Chianti, Chianti Classico and Carmignano. But in the last 50 years innovative producers, many of them in southwestern Tuscany in the area called Maremma, have also planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The tradition defying producers have blended those varietals with Sangiovese to produce dazzling wines that do not conform to Italy’s appellation regulations. Such wines are called Super Tuscans and cannot be labeled with either of Italy’s highest level quality designations, which are in order of status Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantia, (DOCG), and Denominazione di Origine Controllata, (DOC). (This has not at all hindered the demand for Super Tuscans, some of which are consistently among the world’s most admired and well-reviewed wines.) Tuscany has six DOCG appellations and thirty-four DOCs. Though famous for its red wines, Tuscany also produces whites made primarily from Trebbiano and Vernaccia. There are also many Tuscan Indicazione Geographica Tipica (IGT) wines that are often an innovative blend of traditional and non-traditional grapes. This relatively new appellation status was started in 1992 as an attempt to give an official classification to Italy’s many newer blends that do fit the strict requirements of DOC and DOCG classifications. IGT wines may use the name of the region and varietal on their label or in their name.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.