2016 CASTELLO DI AMA CHIANTI CLASSICO SAN LORENZO GRAN SELEZIONE

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Chianti Classico DOCG introduced a new classification above Riserva called Gran Selezione in 2014, requiring wines to be made from estate-grown grapes with an aging minimum of 30 months, making 2010 the first eligible vintage for this classification. Castello di Ama wasted no time winning awards for their Gran Selezione, and in 2014 their 2010 vintage ranked #6 in the World on the Wine Spectator Top 100.

This Sangiovese dominant blend is enhanced with small amounts of Merlot and Malvasia Nera, providing brighter fruits, fresh acidity, and floral aroma with a rustic twist of leather and charred oak. A wine of this pedigree and high level of classification is a rare find and remarkable to behold, and with quadruple 95 and above scores, don’t miss it.

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2016 CASTELLO DI AMA CHIANTI CLASSICO SAN LORENZO GRAN SELEZIONE  

A blend of 80% Sangiovese, 13% Merlot and 7% Malvasia Nera, this opens with aromas of black- and red-skinned berry, pipe tobacco, tilled earth and a whiff of new leather. Elegant and taut, the palate shows tension, verve and finesse, delivering juicy Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice and hints of French oak. It’s balanced, with polished, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. Drink 2021–2036."
96 Points, "Cellar Selection"
“The 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione San Lorenzo is immediately more inky and balsamic in terms of aromas. As soon as you lift the wine to your nose, you get pretty tones of blackberry, cassis, rosemary essence, licorice and a touch of medicinal herb. I love when Sangiovese produces those elegant aromas, and for that reason, this wine stands tall among the three single-vineyard expressions from Marco Pallanti and Castello di Ama. It shows fiber, richness and lasting structure with a very well-managed quality of tannins."
95 Points
Offers stunning aromas of black cherry, blackberry and violet, with ripe, sweet fruit on the palate, shaded by iron, earth and tobacco elements. Supple yet well-structured, this should come together soon. Shows terrific harmony and length. Best from 2022 through 2036."
95 Points
This is a sultry wine, sangiovese’s bright cherry flavors and edgy acidity smoothed out by the addition of merlot (13 percent) and malvasia nera (seven percent). The wine rested for ten months in barriques (18 percent new), keeping the oak influence subtle as the wine developed a silky texture and finely knit flavors of tobacco leaf, toasted nuts and savory herbs. A note of menthol adds lift to the dark fruit and herb flavors, and the finish is long and elegant."
95 Points

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Weight 3.2 lbs
Dimensions 11.5 × 3 × 3 in

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