Castello di Ama - Riserva 2009Italian Red
Dense brilliant, luminous red.
Superb entrance in the mouth, with impressive integration of spice notes and fruit.
Elegant and refined.
Bouquet of wild red berryfruits.
Vinification - Between 3 and 15 October, following an initial quality selection in the vineyard, the clusters were hand-picked into small 12-kg boxes and brought into the cellar, for a total of some 1,850 quintals.
The clusters were quality-graded again on sorting tables, then de-stemmed and pressed. The must, kept separate for each grape variety, fermented in steel at about 30-32oC, with repeated daily punch-downs. A 21-23-day maceration followed, After racking, the 1,300hl of wine completed its malolactic fermentation.
Maturation - Towards mid-December, the lots of wine were assembled into the final blend and put into oak barrels, 20% new and the remainder previously used, where it rested for12 months.
The 65.38-hectare specialised vineyard, enrolled in the official Chianti Classico DOCG Registry, lies at elevations ranging between 390 and 530 metres, planted in quite rocky limestone-clay soils.
The vineyards planted in part between 1974 and 1978 have a density of 3,000 vines per hectare, while those that were planted from 1996 on to replace outdated vines--a process that continues today--display a density of 5,300 vines/ha. The vines, all vertically-trellised, are trained to the open lyre system and pruned to Guyot and spurred cordon.
The varieties, grafted onto 420A rootstock, are 80% Sangiovese and 20% Malvasia Nera, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.