Castello di ama
Chianti Classico Gran selezione DOCG
The Bellavista vineyard covers an area of 22.82 hectares, with 9.30 replanted from 1974 to 1978, and 13.52 replanted in 2007. The plot of 22 parcels of land has been terraced to improve aspecting and ensure more uniform ripening. In the best vintages, parcels 1 to 19 of Malvasia Nera, and 21 and 22 of Sangiovese contribute most to the production of this vineyard selection.
Vinification and maturation
Fermentation was started using ambient yeasts, separately for each variety and in steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 30–33 °C, with manual pumpovers and total cuvaison of 26 days for the Sangiovese, and 23 days for the Malvasia Nera. After first racking, the wine was transferred to barriques for malolactic fermentation. Maturation: assemblage of the two varieties took place after malolactic fermentation, then the wine was transferred to fine-grain oak barriques, of which 40% were new and the rest a year old. The wine was bottled on 4 August 2015, producing 4,167 standard Bordeaux bottles, 100 magnums, and 35 double magnums.
Growing season weather conditions
Frequent rains has characterized first months of 2013. The weather improved during the month of April with a rapid rise in temperature that has led the revival of vegetation. May cold as winter and rainy slowed all the work and the growth of vegetation that has been done about 15 days late. Summer finally came in the second half of July. Hot August days with beautiful light and sun. The first half of September was characterised by sunny days, while the second part of the month the maximum temperatures are lowered, leading to harvest the grapes early. Harvest was entirely by hand, filling 10–12kg crates, followed by inspection on a sorting bench.
Colour: very dark ruby red with crimson and violet hues. Nose: ripe fruit notes include plum, then hints of jam, and spice notes nuanced with roasted coffee and toasty hints. Mouth: the wine tiptoes in gently, later unfolding in all its voluptuous elegance. Seductive, mouthfilling, fresh tasting, long and lingering.