100/100: The "simply epic" (AG) L'Apparita - Only 300 Magnums Made!
*One of the finest wines of the epic 2016 Tuscan vintage*
*100 points from Antonio Galloni*
*Only 300 magnum made*
Castello di Ama’s 2016 L’Apparita is one of the finest wines of the benchmark 2016 Tuscan vintage. Rated at 100 points by Antonio Galloni and 99 points by Monica Larner, this is an absolute stand-out and is all the more exciting in rare magnums. We are, therefore, delighted to have eight (of just 300 filled) to offer directly from our cellars in London.
Castello di Ama is one of Tuscany’s elite producers, and the 100% Merlot of L’Apparita is the jewel in the crown of the estate. For Galloni, “Castello di Ama’s Merlot L’Apparita has built an enviable track record that places it among the world’s most pedigreed wines”. The 2016 is one of the best ever, a flawless masterpiece that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the best wines made anywhere in the world.
Galloni calls this 100-point scorer “a breathtaking, riveting wine that captures all the potential of the vintage” and “wonderfully complete and magnificently beautiful”. For Monica Larner, this is “A true symbol of the vintage, the wine shows the classic lines and extreme precision we can expect from 2016”. It’s the sort of praise that marks it out as worth a special effort to find and secure.
With only 300 magnums released, this is a rare beast. Details are below, do take a look and get in touch if you would like any secured:
2016 Castello di Ama, L’Apparita
£420 per magnum in bond
100 points Antonio Galloni
The 2016 L’Apparita, 100% Merlot, is a breathtaking, riveting wine that captures all the potential of the vintage. In this vintage, L’Apparita is especially silky and refined. Layered, perfumed and wonderfully nuanced, L’Apparita is simply epic. Lavender, mint, sage, spice, new leather and cloves develop with time, but more than anything else, L’Apparita is wonderfully complete and magnificently beautiful. (2019) www.vinous.com Drink 2024-2046
99 points Monica Larner
The 2016 L’Apparita is a standout wine. A true symbol of the vintage, the wine shows the classic lines and extreme precision we can expect from 2016, with the plump, ripe generosity of the Merlot grape (when farmed in the right hands of course). The wine is profound, rich and beautifully concentrated with power but no residual heaviness. I went back to this sample a few times in the 12 hours after I popped the cork, and the wine was more beautiful each time. It offers a profound sense of beauty, harmony and Merlot purity now, and it should evolve slowly and softly in the coming years. (2019) www.robertparker.com
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