Castello di Ama is based in the town of Ama in the province of Siena in the Tuscany region of Italy. In addition to red, white, and rose wines, they also produce olive oil.
The 2011 Castello di Ama Rosato was 93% Sangiovese and 7% Merlot. The wine was produced by means of the saingee method. It was aged in stainless steel tanks for 4 months. Its ABV was 13.5%. The wine was bottled in February of 2012 and had an IGT classification.
I was very glad they made the recommendation.
Prior to consumption, the wine was chilled.
The aromas rising from the glass were sensational. Strawberry, lemon, green apple, and a bit of minerality. This was one of those moments where sniffing the wine makes you want to taste it all the more.
Once in my mouth, there was a burst of flavors (good bursting). Cherry, strawberry, honeydew, red berries, all mixed together with a hint of vanilla. The wine was light and crisp.
The finish was surprisingly long and silky (yes, silky). Light cherries slowly tapering off.
This was, without a doubt, the best Rosati I had tasted this summer. Yes, I still like the Larmes du Paradis, but the Castello di Ama was a better made wine. More flavor, more complexity, crisper, and lighter.
The 2011 Castello di Ama Rosato runs around $16 . It is a great buy at that price. If you plan on having any Italian Rosati this summer, I highly recommend this one.