Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG “San Lorenzo” Castello di Ama 2019 75 cl bottle is a wine produced by Castello di Ama in Gaiole in the Chianti Classico area. Founded around the 70s thanks to the vision of four families of Roman origin, with the aim of revitalizing the area and the vineyards and giving the Chianti Classico the fame it once had. The vineyards extend over an area of about 75 hectares at an altitude ranging from 475-520 m which are the cradle for wines of character. Today the leadership of the company is entrusted to Lorenza Sebasti, daughter of one of the owner family who has taken over the management of the company since 1993. Today it is affirmed among the most dynamic realities of the Chianti Classico, capable of blending together local grapes with international vines, for results of elegance and finesse both in the mouth and on the nose.
Malvasia nera 7%
Only the best grapes from the vineyards of the San Lorenzo valley contribute to the production of this extraordinary wine. The harvest takes place strictly by hand in boxes from the end of August to mid-October depending on the state of ripeness of the individual parcels. Fermentation takes place in steel tanks at a temperature of 32-33°C for a duration of about 22-25 days depending on the grape variety, induced by indigenous yeasts. The wine then carries out the malolactic fermentation in French barriques. The wine then undergoes an aging period of about 12 months in barriques, a large part of which are first-use. The wine was bottled in July 2018.
It has an intense ruby red color with garnet hues. On the nose hints of fresh but also more mature red fruit, tending towards jam: cherry, raspberry, currant but also blackberry and mulberry jam. The sensations deriving from wood such as black pepper, cloves, tobacco, leather are also perceptible. In the mouth, full-bodied, not excessive, initially soft, it then leaves room for tannins and acidity, albeit very balanced and mature.
Wine capable of representing the territory of classic Tuscany, with that touch of elegance and internationality that distinguishes the wines of Castello di Ama. The aromas of this wine follow one another as if in perfect harmony, therefore it is not really important what we pair with, I certainly suggest it as a meditation wine. Wanting to combine it, I see it suitable with main courses of meat, even spiced or with truffles.