2008 L’Apparita, Castello di Ama (6 x Bottle)

Italy Piedmont

A more exotic side of this site emerges from the 2008 L’Apparita. According to Marco Pallanti, the weather was quite warm in 2008. Rain towards the end of the season was more problematic for the later-ripening varieties, but that was not an issue for the Merlot. Black cherry, plum, smoke and licorice overtones add to an impression of darkness. Silky, beautifully ripe tannins and unctuous fruit with the natural richness that is achieved in late harvests add to the wine’s considerable appeal. This is one of my favorite wines of the afternoon.

2008 L’Apparita, Castello di Ama (6 x Bottle)

A more exotic side of this site emerges from the 2008 L’Apparita. According to Marco Pallanti, the weather was quite warm in 2008. Rain towards the end of the season was more problematic for the later-ripening varieties, but that was not an issue for the Merlot. Black cherry, plum, smoke and licorice overtones add to an impression of darkness. Silky, beautifully ripe tannins and unctuous fruit with the natural richness that is achieved in late harvests add to the wine’s considerable appeal. This is one of my favorite wines of the afternoon.

Italy Piedmont
Producer Castello di Ama
Region Piedmont
Country Italy
Grape Variety Merlot
Vintage 2008
Colour Red
Style Full, Dry, Powerful

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Vinous

A more exotic side of this site emerges from the 2008 L’Apparita. According to Marco Pallanti, the weather was quite warm in 2008. Rain towards the end of the season was more problematic for the later-ripening varieties, but that was not an issue for the Merlot. Black cherry, plum, smoke and licorice overtones add to an impression of darkness. Silky, beautifully ripe tannins and unctuous fruit with the natural richness that is achieved in late harvests add to the wine’s considerable appeal. This is one of my favorite wines of the afternoon.

95 Points / Drinking 2016 - 2028

By Antonio Galloni / November 2017

Vinous

The 2008 L Apparita (Merlot) appears to be rather forward in this vintage. Tobacco, licorice and smoke add some complexity to the dark fruit. The wine shows good up-front intensity but then tapers off rather quickly. Ultimately the 2008 comes across as a relatively simple and one-dimensional Apparita. Even Marco Pallanti couldn t make a profound wine in this vintage. Hard tannins clamp down on the finish.

90 Points / Drinking 2014 - 2023

By Antonio Galloni / May 2013

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2008 L’Apparita (Merlot) is very, very beautiful. This is a gorgeous vintage for the Apparita. Sweet dark cherries, chocolate, mint, licorice and spices are some of the many notes that emerge from the glass. The 2008 possesses striking inner perfume and sweetness. The 2008 is a decidedly mid-weight vintage, but it works. Graceful and elegant through to the long finish, the 2008 Apparita is a wine that convinces for its balance and overall sense of harmony. This bottle is far better than the two examples I tasted last year. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2028.

93+ Points / Drinking 2016 - 2028

By Antonio Galloni / June 2012