The 2018 Castello di Ama Al Poggio Chardonnay is a clear yellow with brilliant golden nuances. The wine exudes aromas of summer flowers and fruits, such as banana, pineapple, and apricot. Decisive and delicate attack on the palate. Excellent freshness. Very good persistency and length.
The Castello di Ama 2018 Chardonnay di Toscana Al Poggio benefits from high-altitude vineyards (at about 500 meters above sea level) and the cool limestone soils of the Chianti Classico region to create this fresh, crisp and delightfully approachable white wine. There are Chardonnays from Tuscany that taste like Chardonnays from any other part of the world, and then there are Chardonnays that taste like they come from Tuscany. This wine is firmly in that second group. The distinctively territory-specific elements you get here resemble apricot and peach, with light dustings of Italian herbs such as fresh oregano and rosemary sprig. I also noted the pristine mineral notes that frame this vintage. There is a fun blast of citrus that reminds me of those sun-kissed lemon trees grown in red clay pots that you see all over this part of Tuscany.
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 92 pts.