The Chianti Classico Gran Selezione San Lorenzo del Castello di Ama takes its name from the splendid valley overlooked by the eighteenth-century villas Pianigiani and Ricucci and is obtained from grapes coming exclusively from the estate’s vineyards, specifically represented by old plants and vineyards planted from over ten years, which show that the harvest has reached a perfect level of polyphenolic maturity.
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione San Lorenzo shows the nose beautiful tones of blackberry, black currant, essence of rosemary, licorice and a touch of medicinal herb. Here Sangiovese translates those elegant aromas: it shows fiber, richness and persistent structure with a very well managed quality of tannins.
The Castello di Ama is located in the central-south-eastern slope of the Chianti Classico, in the municipality of Gaiole in Chianti where the soils are rich in limestone, rocky, loose and the Mediterranean scrub abounds.
The vineyards are among the highest in the appellation at an average altitude of about 500 m asl and were already highly regarded by the Grand Duke Leopold0 of Habsburg at the end of the 1700s. Ama is a small bucolic village of great charm, enriched since 2000 by prestigious art installations created by internationally renowned artists who have been inspired by this place.
The recent history of Castello di Ama owes its fortunes to the couple Lorenza Sebasti and Marco Pallanti who with passion and determination launched this Chianti reality into the Olympus of Italian wine brands.
The concepts of Cru and Terroir, so fashionable today, have been at home in Castello di Ama since 1982 when the first Vigneto Selections came out and if the Chianti Classico has taken off its reputation as a simple wine and incapable of good aging, much is also due to the work of this winery which has always sought uncompromising quality.