The 2001 Chianti Classico Vigneto Bellavista is huge and beautifully balanced. The Easter snow and very hottemperatures that year produced an opulent, super-ripe Bellavista with a distinct personality that stands apart fromthe rest of the wines in this tasting. Truffles, blackberry jam and camphor round out the sexy finish. It will be very interesting to see how the 2001 develops over the coming years. There is plenty of structure to support another decadeor two of very fine drinking. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. WA 95+
2004 Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Vigneto Bellavista
The 2004 Chianti Classico Vigneto Bellavista impresses for its length and gorgeous inner perfume. This understated wine shows the finessed side of Bellavista. Sweet red fruit,
flowers, mint and spices wrap around the silky, eternal finish. The 2004 is all about class and personality, both of which it has in spades. The only weak spot for the 2004 is the naturally high yields of the vintage. Still, it seems quite clear the 2004 has a bright future ahead of it. Anticipated
maturity: 2014-2029. WA96+
2006 Castello di Ama Chianti ClassicoVigneto Bellavista
The 2006 Chianti Classico Vigneto Bellavista boasts compelling inner sweetness, great power and huge overall structure. Dark cherries, flowers, licorice, tobacco and incense are some of the many notes that burst from the glass in this explosive, totally seductive Bellavista. The 2006 needs time to fully integrate its French oak, but it isshaping up to be a jewel. It is quite clear from this tasting
the 2006 is evolving at a glacial pace. Readers who can be patient will be amply rewarded. It is conceivable that the 2006 could one day eclipse the 2004. Anticipated maturity:2016-2036.