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Chianti Classico Gran Selezione San Lorenzo Castello di Ama 2015 (750ML)
95 Points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione San Lorenzo represents a blend of some of the estate's best Sangiovese from vines that are 20 years old and more. You do feel that extra density, intensity and complexity within the very fiber of this beautiful wine. The effect is deep and layered. Castello di Ama is characterized by limestone clay soils mixed with both galestro and alberese marl stones. There is about 60 centimeters of topsoil and compacted clay below that."
92 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "A bold, racy wine, the 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione San Lorenzo captures all the exuberance of the year while retaining a good bit of structure. Like all the Ama wines, the San Lorenzo packs a serious punch in its dark flavors and intense, muscular feel. The San Lorenzo is essentially a second selection of lots from the dual flagship Gran Seleziones La Casuccia and Bellavista. Lavender, spice and menthol add the closing shades of nuance. The blend is 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot and Malvasia Nera. More importantly, the San Lorenzo is another very serious wine in this range." 02/19
95 Points, James Suckling: "What first strikes you about the nose is that it offers one of the purest fruit expressions of all the 2015 Gran Seleziones. Blackcurrants, orange and lemon rind, brambleberries, heather, sage, thyme and blackberry leaves are all a feature. The tannins are steely, and the flavors are so savory. The fruit is carried through to the long, chewy finish by the highly refreshing acidity. Drink in 2020." 02/18
94 Points, Michaela Morris, Decanter: "With a calcareous soil rich in shale, this vineyard is just over 19ha. The Gran Selezione is produced from the oldest vines, and the different grape varieties are blended after malolactic fermentation and aged together in barriques, of which 18% are new. It's very fresh and primary, with intriguing nuances of sous bois and blackberry with wood spice underneath. It could use a bit more time in the bottle before drinking, and has plenty of structure and stuffing for a decade or more in the cellar." 2/18