Castello di Ama ‘L’Apparita’ Toscana I.G.T., Italy, 2017
L’Apparita is the first of the pure Merlot bottlings produced in Tuscany and has been an icon since its debut in 1985. Harvested from two parcels in the upper part of the Bellavista vineyard, the wine spends about 14 months in new and old barriques. To the eye it’s almost opaque, purple with violet tomes. On the nose it’s intense and exotic, with black and blue berry fruits and walnuts. With a mouthful of dense, richly concentrated fruit and a sublimely succulent finish and hugely deserving of its cult status.
Pairs well with red meat, game and aged hard cheese.
“The 2017 L’Apparita, Ama’s 100% Merlot, is silky, polished and exceptionally beautiful. In 2017, L’Apparita is restrained and elegant more than it is powerful. I have seen L’Apparita blossom with a few years in bottle. I imagine it will be the case here too. Today, L’Apparita is decidedly nuanced and elegant.”
Vinous - Antonio Galloni, September 2020 96+points
“I am immediately struck by the power and concentration of the Castello di Ama 2017 L’Apparita. This is an exuberant and gregarious expression of Merlot that has absorbed every last sunbeam of the hot summer season. On the nose, the wine shows beautiful fullness and generosity that spills richly across the senses. Blackberry syrup and cherry liqueur are followed by smoke, tar, toast and sweet chewing tobacco. You taste that extra density in a similar manner, and the rich concentration of the fruit has consequently shaped a more apparent tannin and a little snap of astringency on the close. My sample bottle does not show a reading of the wine’s alcoholic content, but you feel some heat as well. This edition of L’Apparita is extra dark, succulent and firm. When the wine has been given another five to ten years of cellar age, then I’d suggest guinea fowl or one of those delicious roasted pigeon dishes you find in Tuscany. Some 7,300 bottles were made.”
Wine Advocate, May 2020 96 points.
“Intense and exotic on the nose with blackberry, blueberry, violet and walnut aromas that follow through to a full body with layers of ripe tannins and a beautiful finish of polished and well poised fruit. It goes on and on. I am impressed by the freshness here, as well as the intensity for the vintage. Drink in 2023 and onwards, but a joy to taste now.”
jamessuckling.com, July, 2020 97 points.