A ruby red that is at the same time luminous, lively and intense. The bouquet is composed of wild red berry fruit. A gorgeous, aromatic marriage of fruit and spice mark an impressive attack, in a wine that is overall refined and stylish.
The 2008 Riserva from Castello di Ama is a lovely example from a quite old school vintage, as this wine hails from a year with a cool spring, hot summer and long, temperate autumn that saw the grapes brought in from October 3rd to the 5th in 2008. The wine is eighty percent sangiovese and the other twenty percent a mix of cabernet franc, merlot and malvasia nero and the wine was raised in twenty percent new oak for a year prior to bottling. Today, the wine is drinking splendidly well, offering up a deep, black fruity bouquet of black cherries, sweet dark berries, cigar ash, a touch of nutskin, a gorgeous base of dark soil, sweet Tuscan herb tones, violets and just a touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a velvety attack, a beautiful core of fruit, lovely soil signature, still a bit of melting tannin and a long, seamlessly balanced and very classy finish. I love the cool vintage, sophisticated character of this wine! This is still out there in the market at $40 a bottle in the US and is a fine, fine value. 2021 – 2040
View From The Cellar, August, 2021