Castello di Ama, Toscana IGT (Tuscany, Italy) Pinot Nero “Il Chiuso” 2019

($48):  Castello di Ama is known for spectacular Chianti Classico.  But Pinot Nero?  Isn’t it too warm in Chianti Classico to grow Pinot Nero?  Apparently not, judging from this energetic beauty.  The expressive aromatics and savory notes suggest the Pinot Nero must be planted in a cool site.  Castello di Ama has managed to seamlessly combine the Janus-like fruitiness and savory side of Pinot Noir.  Castello di Ama’s signature, a suave texture and gorgeous length, is apparent in Il Chiuso.  It is a delight to drink this mid-weight wonder now.
95 Michael Apstein Mar 21, 2023