castello di ama, apparita, igt 2008
VINOUS
95

2008 castello di ama, apparita, igt

Why We're Buying

Castello di Ama l'Apparita is a force to be reckoned with, as it bursts forth with power and concentration. Blackberries, cherries, and cassis soak the palate with smoke, brioche, cigars, and tar rounding out the flavor profile. This wine contains 100% merlot and conveys remarkable balance with a refreshingly acidic finish. Wine critic James Suckling gave the 2017 vintage a 97-point rating, writing in his review, "I am impressed by the freshness here, as well as the intensity for the vintage."

Critics Scores

VINOUS
95

Vinous

A more exotic side of this site emerges from the 2008 L’Apparita. According to Marco Pallanti, the weather was quite warm in 2008. Rain towards the end of the season was more problematic for the later-ripening varieties, but that was not an issue for the Merlot. Black cherry, plum, smoke and licorice overtones add to an impression of darkness. Silky, beautifully ripe tannins and unctuous fruit with the natural richness that is achieved in late harvests add to the wine’s considerable appeal. This is one of my favorite wines of the afternoon.