Castello di Ama is based 45 minutes from the town of Siena in the Tuscan region of Italy.
They produce red, white, and rose wines, as well as olive oil.
I found this wine while having dinner at Basil T’s, a local Italian restaurant.
The 2004 Chianti Classico is a Sangiovese blend. The grapes used to produce it are 80% Sangiovese and 20% Malvasia Nera, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Nero.
The end result is a very classic Chianti.
The wine was not decanted.
The palate found black and red fruit, with black cherries being prominent. There was a touch of anise as well.
This wine went perfectly with my dinner. Pair it with any traditional Italian fare and you can’t go wrong. I started with Sicilian Calamari, grilled calamari in a red tomato broth with olive oil, garlic, black olives, capers, and a bit of red pepper. The wine complimented the dish spectacularly.
This Chianti had a fairly long finish with leather and tobacco. Tannins were present, but were tamed by the food.
This wine has aged very well. I have not tasted any other vintages, but this one was a classic.
The 2004 Castello di Ama cost me $116 in the restaurant. It probably retails in the $50-60 area.