Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Vigneto l'Apparita 2001
For a bottle with ten years age, this wine showed no degradation, as I watch it's deep, dark ruby color swirl around the glass. On the nose, it was like a basket of ripe wild berries, with soil notes, toasted chestnut and a whiff of dusty cocoa. On the palate, a velvety wash of vibrant dark red fruits coated every taste bud and then slowly melted away as its balanced acidity made the mouth water. A remnant of tannin stilled lurked in the background and promised many more years of development in bottle, yet it was so good now, it's hard to resist. Unfortunately, this was a single bottle purchase but it was good enough to incite me to look for more. To those that ask if a $130 Chianti Classico can be worth the tariff, I say; Hell yes. This bottle is sure to continue to develop and I'd love to try it again in another five years.
Drinking this wine in the antique castle of the producers was a really interesting experience. This wine has a soul. It's not only a Chianti but a Super-Chianti. The price might seem a little too high for a wine that used to be the "table-wine" from this area, but the experience and work that lays behind make this Chianti a highly rated wine not only by me but also by many "real" experts. Not so typical but very particular and definitely one of Tuscany's pearls. Dry, big, good acidity and perfect with a "Bistecca alla Fiorentina".
Herbaceous cherry, green pepper and spice aromas. Flavors are super juicy, slightly sweet, with cranberry and cherry, fresh acidity, and a hearty helping of chewy tannins. This wine would love food.