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Castello di Ama : L'Apparita 2015

Castello di Ama : L'Apparita 2015

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Castello di Ama : L'Apparita 2015

Castello di Ama reveals a refined and greatly elegant red wine from Tuscany

The estate

Located at the heart of majestic landscapes in Tuscany, the Castello di Ama estate bears the name of the small village of "Ama", which is nestled at 500 metres above sea level.

Founded in 1970 by a group of families with the ambition to produce a Chianti Classico renowned as one of the greatest Italian wines and in the world, Castello di Ama is one of the major witnesses to this village’s historical heritage, where agricultural and viticultural activity has been famous for over five centuries. Having been rewarded and recognised for the quality of its wines several times, the Castello di Ama estate is, today, managed by Lorenza Sebasti and Marco Pallante, Tuscan oenologist elected as "winemaker of the year" in 2003 by the prestigious Italian magazine, "Gambero Rosso".

The vineyard

The Castello di Ama estate overlooks a vineyard of nearly 80 hectares, notably comprising the illustrious terroirs of Bellavista, San Lorenzo, Casuccia and Montebuoni, located on the historical zone of Chianti production and transmitted from generation to generation.

The wine

L’Apparita de Castello di Ama is the first Merlot produced in Tuscany, having been produced in the Toscana IGT appellation since 1985.

This unique wine, iconic from its first vintage, is made from grapes which come from the heights of the Bellavista vineyard, where the two plots which make up the Apparita vineyard are found. Planted on particularly rich, clayey soils, the grapes give rise to an exceptional wine which combine the expression of Merlot with the distinctive features of its terroir of origin.

The vintage

The meteorological conditions at the beginning of the cycle encouraged early vine budding. Flowering at the beginning of May preceded a consistent, high-quality fruit set. The hot and sunny months of June and July were advantageous for ripening. The temporary drop in temperatures throughout July made it possible for cool nights to be recorded. The particularly dry August was marked by a stormy spell in the middle of the month, which was beneficial for the entire vineyard. The sanitary state and level of ripeness throughout the vineyard were extraordinary, both sweet and phenolic.

Winemaking and ageing

The manually harvested grapes are subject to vinification in thermoregulated steel vats. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts. Manual pump-overs. Vatting for 28 days. After racking, the wine is transferred into barrels for malolactic fermentation, following which the wine is placed in fine-grained oak barrels (50% new barrels, 50% in barrels of two previous wines) to be aged for several months.


L’Apparita 2015 by Castello di Ama is 100% Merlot.



The wine is a beautifully dense and enigmatic red.


The greatly elegant nose mixes fruity, spicy fragrances with flavourful balsamic notes.


A refreshing attack precedes an ample and harmonious palate with supple tannins. The finish is persistent and aromatic.

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It's impossible not to be completely smitten by the 2015 L'Apparita. This pure expression of Merlot from Chianti Classico is an exceedingly smooth and enriched expression with abundant tones of black cherry, spice, chocolate and barbecue smoke. The mouthfeel is gorgeous, and although this wine is not as extracted or dense as past editions, it is far more finessed and elegant. You get a clear taste not only of the grape but of the gravely soils that make up this extraordinary territory. What could be better than Merlot and Tuscany blended together in a single bottle?