Castello di Ama La Casuccia Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2004


You get a wine of sheer quality. This wine still has improvement in it but its class is evident right now.

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First planted in 1978 The La Casuccia vineyard covers 12.58 hectares at an elevation from 480m to the 526m. The vineyard is sub-divided into 17 lots, all planted with those traditional varieties that are allowed by the production protocol. One lot is planted with Merlot, from which derives a wine produced only in exceptional years, in very limited quantities. The first vintage was bottled in 1985.

2004 is an outstanding vintage or great concentration and great ability to age. This is a wine that will easily to 20 years.

After much planning and analysis Marco Pallanti planted his high altitude vineyard to Sangiovese in 1982. The elegance and balance of the wines has won many fans over the years and has meant Marco received Gambero Rosso’s winemaker of the year in 2003 and he has held the position of President of the Chianti Classico Consortium.

Chianti Classico DOCGItaly’s most famous wine region. Beautiful lightly wooded rolling hills covered in vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees. The reds from Chianti Classico received its greatest boost in quality from being awarded the much more stringent DOCG rating.

Sangiovese – Widely cultivated across Italy from Emilia-Romagna to Campania and producing as much wine as Barbera. A wide range of clones and hugely diverse growing conditions sees the variety represent easy drinking ‘quaffers’, all the way to benchmarks such as Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti, Sangiovese di Romagna and Morellino di Scansano.

Merlot – It gets a tough time most of the places it is grown. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid but in some places, like Petrus they are almost not needed.

Central Italy – When most people think of Central Italy they think of Tuscany. Not surprisingly because Chianti is an ocean of vineyards within the winegrowing region of Central Tuscany. Chianti produces more than 750000 hectolitres of wine each year. Tuscany’s wine history starts somewhere in the 8th-5th Century BCE when it was part of Etruria. Vernaccia from San Gimignano and reds from Montepulciano were known and loved before the Renaissance. The Tuscany we know now started in 19th Century with Chianti gaining the ascendancy. Brunello di Montalcino debuted in 1888 and the Super Tuscans took shape in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

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