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2017 Castello di Ama, San Lorenzo Gran Selezione, Chianti Classico

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Merchant's Picks
96

“A Windfall Chianti Classico!”

"This is so beautifully done." Vinous

By David Gettenberg

We love featuring windfall releases - rare and extraordinary value within a particular wine's release.

The 2017 Castello di Ama San Lorenzo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione is such a windfall!

San Lorenzo is one of Castello di Ama's prized single vineyards.  In 2017, the winery did not make their flagship Bellavista and La Casuccia Chianti Classicos (at $200 per bottle); instead, they hand-selected the best Sangiovese from all three estate vineyards blended in today's feature!

"Oenologist Marco Pallanti chose not to make Castello di Ama’s single vineyard Bellavista and La Casuccia bottlings in 2017... he focused on making the best possible selection from all vineyards to go into the San Lorenzo Gran Selezione. It opens with lots of dusty cherry, dry earth and sweet thyme. Well-stacked with round fruit, the palate is lifted by pressed violet nuances. Assertive but polished tannins give definition, the wood is understated and acidity bright and integrated." Decanter

What We Love About This Wine

The 2017 Castello di Ama San Lorenzo Gran Selezione provides a sense of place with every sip of the wine.  

A warm vintage, the tannins are ripe and chewy and give the wine its gorgeous grip throughout the entire experience.  It is neither heavy nor extracted.  Rather, the fruit is wonderfully balanced.  The quality of the premium fruit in this particular vintage is noticeable.

Produced from the finest grapes throughout the historic Castello di Ama vineyards, this windfall can be enjoyed now and over the next decade.

Enjoy!

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Press & Tasting Notes
96

“Extremely serious as always.”

James Suckling • 96 / 100

"Cherries, dried flowers and slate on the nose with some fresh mushrooms. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a juicy, chewy finish. Lots of structure and freshness to this. Extremely serious as always."

95

“Framed in polished, enveloping tannins.”

Wine Enthusiast • 95 / 100

"Underbrush, ripe black-skinned fruit, new leather and violet mingle with a whiff of exotic spice on this fragrant, elegantly structured red. The medium-bodied palate delivers ripe black cherry, cassis and star anise framed in polished, enveloping tannins. It shows the firm's hallmark of finesse and impeccable balance, not easy to achieve in this scorching vintage."

94

“This is so beautifully done. ”

Vinous • 94 / 100

"The 2017 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Castello di Ama San Lorenzo is a fabulous choice for readers looking for an Ama wine to drink now. Radiant and expressive, with striking depth and exceptional balance, the 2017 is pure seduction. Sweet red cherry, kirsch, rose petal, blood orange and spice fill out the layers effortlessly. This is so beautifully done."

94

“Dusty cherry, dry earth and sweet thyme.”

Decanter • 94 / 100

"Oenologist Marco Pallanti chose not to make Castello di Ama’s single vineyard Bellavista and La Casuccia bottlings in 2017... he focused on making the best possible selection from all vineyards to go into the San Lorenzo Gran Selezione. It opens with lots of dusty cherry, dry earth and sweet thyme. Well-stacked with round fruit, the palate is lifted by pressed violet nuances. Assertive but polished tannins give definition, the wood is understated and acidity bright and integrated."

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More Information
  • Producer: Castello di Ama
  • Country: Italy
  • Region: Tuscany
  • Subregion: Chianti Classico
  • Varietal: Sangiovese
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Size: 750ml
  • Code: W5250-2017-750