2016 Castello Di Ama Vigneto La Casuccia Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
The Chianti Classico Vigneto La Casuccia (Sangiovese, Merlot) has a deep purple-red color. The La Casuccia reveals a stunning clarity and freshness with black cherries, violets, minerals and sweet spices. This dense, richly-structured wine has a staggering richness and elegance along with breathtaking clarity and precision. Tones of leather, smoke, tar and liquorice linger in the long, intense finish. The La Casuccia vintage belongs to the most beautiful Chiantis and is the top wine of Castello Di Ama.
The Casuccia vineyard is located in Gaiole in the Chianti region at an altitude of 480-520 meters. The vineyard is 12.5HA in size and was planted between 1964 and 1975. The merlot grape is harvested in the second half of September, the sangiovese follows at the beginning of October. The fermentation and maceration takes place in stainless steel tanks for 25 days followed by malolactic fermentation in barriques. The aging takes place in French barriques and then for at least another 12 months in the bottle before the wine is released on the market.
In its younger years it decants and is a wine that will improve over the years and can be kept in the cellar for at least 2 decades.
The winery of this small hamlet of the same name is the cradle of an important research into the right sangiovese clone for chianti. Winemaker Marco Palanti was looking for the best clones for Ama in his own way and his life's work is astonishing to say the least. Where chianti used to struggle with an image of diluted wine, Castello di Ama was able to turn this image into that of high-quality wines in less than one generation. Not only the vineyards were looked at, but also the possibilities of pruning, the ripening of the grapes and of course also the improvement potential in the winery. Over the years it has been possible to improve the clones step by step. The vineyards are located at an altitude between 390 and 450 meters. The soil is heavy clay with a lot of gravel and pebbles. The vineyards were planted between 1964 and 1978. At Castello Di Ama you do not only get art in the glass, because in and around the authentic villa there are sublime works by great contemporary artists.
|Type of Wine
|Castello Di Ama
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Earthy, Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Romantisch