castello di ama, chianti classico, bellavista 1997
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
91
WINE SPECTATOR
94

1997 castello di ama, chianti classico, bellavista

Why We're Buying

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigneto Bellavista is the standard that all wines are measured by at Castello di Ama. The blend of Malvasia nera and sangiovese comes in extremely limited quantities, so it's always in demand.

Critics Scores

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
91

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The dark ruby-colored 1997 Chianti Classico Bellavista (8,000 bottles produced) is filled with finesse and elegance. Intense black cherry aromas intertwined with berry fruit, tobacco, and spice box are followed by good denseness and richness, medium to full body, sweet tannin, and an impeccable sense of symmetry and balance. This youthful Chianti is approachable... (RP)

WINE SPECTATOR
94

Wine Spectator

Dark ruby-garnet, with powerful aromas of dried fruits, from raisin to dates. Very Porty. Full-bodied, with a round and very soft mouthfeel, beautiful ripe fruit and a long, long finish. Wonderful wine.--1997 Italian blind retrospective.

STEPHEN TANZER
93

Stephen Tanzer

Bright medium-dark ruby. Expressive aromas of raspberry, chocolate and nutty oak are lifted by flowers and minerals. Bright and easygoing but very concentrated too, showing terrific palate-staining intensity to the flavors of dark berries, ripe red cherry and cocoa powder. This powerful wine comes across as balanced and very accessible thanks to its creamy, soft mouthfeel. Finishes ripely tannic and long. Thanks to its excellent acidity and balance, this is one of the top dozen 1997 Tuscan wines--a truly successful effort in an overrated vintage of which I am generally not a fan (but it was a much more successful vintagein Chianti Classico than in Montalcino, for example.) However,I should caution readers that this tasting note was on a magnum... (ID)