With a Masseto beating 99 points from Antonio Galloni and Monica Larner, the 2018 vintage of Castello di Ama’s L’Apparita is a Tuscan winemaking masterpiece and a must-own. Magnums are perfect for the collector, as only 400 were made in 2018, so we are delighted to have seven to offer directly from our cellars in London.
This 100% Merlot now rivals the best that Tuscany has to offer, with the 2018 among the best ever made. For Antonio Galloni, it is “a total stunner” and “dazzles with its precision and nuance”. Monica Larner found that “This wine has earned its spot in a world of pantheons that is grande vini Italiani. The Castello di Ama 2018 L’Apparita is one of the world’s greatest Merlots”.
Each gives it 99 points, which is significant as it is above the score for that other great Tuscan Merlot, Masseto. As the table below shows, it is a fraction of the price and therefore offers tremendous comparative value.
Details are below:
2018 Castello di Ama, L’Apparita
mags (1*150cl OC) @ £275 per case in bond
*Only 400 magnums filled*
99 points Antonio Galloni
The 2018 L’Apparita is a total stunner. Ama’s 100% Merlot is usually a wine of bombastic intensity, but the 2018 marks a departure from that style, as it is all finesse and nuance. Blackberry jam, spice, menthol and lavender are some of the aromas and flavors that open in an Apparita that dazzles with its precision and nuance. Rain at the end of August pushed out harvest and gave Marco Pallanti the ideal conditions to craft this gorgeous wine. (2021) www.vinous.com Drink 2026-2043
99 points Monica Larner
This wine has earned its spot in a world of pantheons that is grande vini Italiani. The Castello di Ama 2018 L’Apparita is one of the world’s greatest Merlots, and this slightly cooler growing season delivers on all the promise and pedigree that we should expect of this collectors’ favorite. L’Apparita opens to an inky dark and blackish appearance, and the bouquet slowly reveals black fruit, ripe cherry, dark spice, smoke and barbecue rub. The wine’s texture and finish, which is so velvety and rich, so supple and soft, is what will ultimately win you over. Indeed, this wine excels especially in terms of the elegance and fullness of the mouthfeel. (2021) www.vinous.com
Offered subject to final confirmation. Available from our cellars in London.