Castello di Ama ‘Vigneto Bellavista’ Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, Italy, 2018
80% Sangiovese and 20% Malvasia Nera
From a plot of 22 parcels the Bellavista is a blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Malvasia Nera. It is a deep ruby-red with an exotic blend of dark berries, pomegranate and tobacco on the nose. It’s deliciously juicy and succulent, with a seductively silky and supple texture. This is one for the cellar!
Pairs well with ossobuco, filet of beef and Escalope de veau à la milanaise.
“A rich, intense red, displaying black cherry, blackberry, menthol, iron and graphite flavors, this is polished and expressive, yet with beefy tannins lining the chalky finish. All the components are there—this just needs time. Sangiovese and Malvasia Nera. Best from 2024 through 2040.”
Wine Spectator, May 2022 94 Points.
“The 2018 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigneto Bellavista marries Sangiovese and Malvasia Nera, a combination that works so well. The Bellavista is a powerful, vertical wine endowed with explosive and tremendous energy. Like all the top wines, it needs the better part of a decade to show all it’s got. Gravel, smoke, leather, licorice and scorched earth. 2026 – 2041”
Vinous - Antonio Galloni, September 2021 98 points.
“This is a very deep and serious Chianti Classico with bark, dark-mushroom and blackberry aromas that follow through to a full body with very polished and integrated tannins that are long and classy. A sophisticated and glorious wine. Drink in 2024 and onwards, but already very pretty.”
jamessuckling.com, August 2021 97 points.
“Camphor, dark spice, blue flower and a whiff of forest floor shape the alluring nose on this delicious red. Elegantly structured and all about finesse and flavor, the savory, focused palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, orange zest, licorice and cassis alongside taut, ultrarefined tannins. Made with 80% Sangiovese and 20% Malvasia Nera, it’s beautifully balanced, with bright acidity. 2025–2038”
Wine Enthusiast, May 2022 93 points.