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.
Wine Advocate 92 points - 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. (Jun 2012)
Wine Spectator 90 points - 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
(Sep 30 2012)
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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.
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.
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.
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 is blessed with superior terroir which produces wines of finesse and elegance. Owned by the husband and wife Marco Pallanti and Lorenza Sebasti since 1982, the couple has successfully steered the estate through major renovations and improvements including a total replanting between 1982-1987, a dramatic increase in plant density to 5000/hectare, the introduction of French varieties and a major upgrade of 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.