Castello di Ama is one of Chianti Classico's most important producers; the Sangiovese–Cabernet Franc–Merlot Haiko 2018 and Chianti Classico Gran Selezione San Lorenzo 2017 should be great to drink over the next decade, going by Vinous' drinking windows.

Vinous wrote that Castello di Ama makes "some of the most singular expressions of Chianti Classico" — very high praise indeed and these remain amazing value.

Ama, the area, has a very long winemaking history, but this estate's modern chapter only begins in the 1980s when Lorenza Sebaste and Marco Pallanti came into the picture. Their determination to achieve the best quality possible took them to the top of the hierarchy in Chianti Classico — in fact, Marco was the Chianti Classico Consortium's president from 2006–2012. It's under his direction that the Riserva label is now only allowed for wines approved by a tasting panel, so this category has far higher quality requirements than before.


Why we like it:

• Superb value from one of Chianti Classico's most important producers.
• The Haiku is Sangiovese dominant with Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
• Owner and winemaker Marco Pallanti is reponsible for introducing the tasting requirement for all Chianti Classico Riserva — an improvement to all Chianti Classico, not just Castello di Ama.

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