2011 Castello di Ama Rosato

SKU #1109622 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Rosato is striking. Layers of fruit caress the palate in this generous, impeccable and totally beautiful Rosato. Far from easygoing, the Rosato is a serious wine with impeccable balance and no hard edges. This is a great showing from Ama. The Rosato is Sangiovese with a dash of Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2014.  (7/2012)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/16/2012 | Send Email
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I’ve put away my white shoes because the Summer has officially ended…..however I’m still drinking Rosato! Here in Northern California our Summer has just started and the 2011 Castello di Ama Rosato $16.99 should be your go to wine for the rest of Indian Summer. This vibrantly flavored rosé is made predominantly from Sangiovese with a touch of Merlot and comes from the heart of Chianti Classico. Violet, lilacs and remnants of a Summer breeze ease from the glass beckoning forth multiple levels of aromatics. On the palate the wine is full, richly flavored and has the perfect acidic balance that makes rosé such a quintessential warm weather food wine. I drank this wine last night with BBQ’ed Salmon, a Caprese salad and Caponata and it went superbly with each very diverse dish. Give this superb food wine a place in your wine drinking rotation, I’m throwing down the Gauntlet don’t think that rosé only comes from France…..Rosato is here to stay! Oh, 91 points Parker as well. Greg St.Clair K&L Wine Merchant’s Italian Buyer
Drink from 2012 to 2013

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.