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Castello di Ama Haiku 2009

Castello di Ama Haiku 750ml 2009       
Sku: 1781547

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Founded in 1972, Castello di Ama is one of Tuscany’s preeminent estates. Situated at 1,574 feet above sea level near Gaiole-in-Chianti, this 617 acre estate owns some of the finest vineyards in the appellation. Husband and wife Marco Pallanti and Lorenza Sebasti, who’ve owned the property since 1982, have successfully steered the estate through major renovations and improvements – a total replanting between 1982-1987, a dramatic increase in plant density to 2,800 per acre, the introduction of French varieties and new winemaking equipment. In 2003 Marco was named Oenologist of the Year by Vini d’Italia and the couple continues to build upon their reputation for crafting benchmark Chiantis. All the fruit at the estate is hand-picked. The wines of Castello di Ama are like their owners – elegant, refined and undeniably authentic.

Tasting notes
Delicate aromas of raspberry jam and strawberry merge with fresh ground pepper and notes of tobacco. Flavors of dried cherry, plum and tea are wrapped around a solid core of angular tannins on the balanced finish.

Rating
 Wine Advocate 92 points (Jun 2012)
The 2009 Haiku is a new Sangiovese/Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend meant to showcase regional distinctiveness over strict varietal character. Dark red cherries, flowers, mint and spices are some of the notes that flow from the glass, but today the 2009 is quite reticent, especially in the bouquet. Like all of the Ama 2009s, the tannins are quite firm and call for cellaring. The blend is 50% Sangiovese and 50% Cabernet Franc/Merlot. Haiku is a promising wine. The 2009 isn?t hugely differentiated from the Castello di Ama bottling, but readers will see a greater difference beginning with the 2010, which I also tasted. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.
 Wine Spectator 90 points (Sep 30 2012)
A peppery, iron-infused red, with iron-clad tannins gripping the dried cherry, plum and tea flavors. Finishes with an astringent feel. Think grilled meat. A new cuvee from Castello di Ama. Best from 2014 through 2020. 200 cases imported. –BS

Wine maker notes
Haiku 2009 is the result of blending between these three varieties: 50% is the Sangiovese and the rest has split between Cabernet Franc and Merlot. During the second part of the plant Montebuoni Vineyard began in 1997 and ended in 2001, it was decided to experiment a noble international variety, Cabernet Franc hitherto unused to Ama but, after a careful analysis of soil and climate, it was assumed could give good results. Were planted in 2001 numbered two small parcels in the land business with the numbers 84 (ha 1.47) and 85 (ha 0.47) for a total area of two acres with the clone 214, in Bordeaux appreciated for its ability to produce ”vins de garde ”on 110R rootstock.

Technical notes
Inspired by a form of Japanese poetry that consists of three short lines, Haiku is a blend of three varieties – 50% is Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Franc and 25% Merlot. The whole clusters are destemmed, and fermented in stainless steel tanks using native yeasts. The wine was aged for 12 months in barriques and another 12 months in bottle.

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Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Franc,Merlot,Sangiove
Type: Still wine
 
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