2018 Castello di Ama Haiku Toscana IGT

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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REVIEWS

WA 95 VN 95 JS 94 WS 92
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2021

A blend of mostly Sangiovese with Cabernet Franc and Merlot in supporting roles, the Castello di Ama 2018 Haiku is a very interesting and somewhat unexpected expression that delivers big richness and lovely concentration...
VN 95

Vinous, September 2021

The 2018 Haiku is fabulous, In fact, the 2018 might be the best vintage yet, as it has a bit more resonance and persistence than some of the earlier editions. Succulent dark cherry, plum, spice, new leather and spice...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, August 2021

Very attractive blackberry and blueberry aromas follow through to a full body with creamy tannins and a firm, racy finish. Hints of fresh herbs and nuts in the aftertaste. Very drinkable, but even better in a year or two.
WS 92

Wine Spectator, September 2022

Dark yet fluid and supple, boasting black currant, blackberry, violet, cedar and a touch of bell pepper. Dense and saturated with fruit on the finish, where fine tannins emerge. Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Castello di Ama Haiku Toscana IGT is a proprietary blend of primarily Sangiovese with supporting roles from Cabernet Franc and Merlot. This wine hails from Tuscany, Italy, and is known for its red color and cork closure. With an alcohol content of 13.0%, this medium-bodied red wine has garnered high praise from professional reviewers.

James Suckling awarded the 2018 Haiku a score of 94, noting its "very attractive blackberry and blueberry aromas" which follow through to "a full body with creamy tannins and a firm, racy finish." Suckling also highlights "hints of fresh herbs and nuts in the aftertaste," adding that while the wine is "very drinkable" now, it will be "even better in a year or two" (jamessuckling.com, 8/4/2021).

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate gave the wine an impressive 95 points. The review describes Haiku as "a blend of mostly Sangiovese with Cabernet Franc and Merlot in supporting roles," delivering "big richness and lovely concentration" without the fruit becoming too ripe. The review mentions that the vintage experienced "a few cooler weeks in early summer and some rain toward the end of the growing season," contributing to a "somewhat unexpected expression." The wine is praised for its "elegant, medium-bodied approach" and "fresh and lively fruit," along with "Cabernet Franc-driven aromas of black olive tapenade." It is noted as "distinctively Mediterranean in personality" (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 10/7/2021).

Vinous also rated the 2018 Haiku with 95 points, calling it "fabulous" and possibly "the best vintage yet." The review praises the wine's "succulent dark cherry, plum, spice, new leather and spice" that build into "the resonant finish" (Vinous, 9/1/2021).

Wine Spectator awarded the wine a 92 score, describing it as "dark yet fluid and supple," with flavors of "black currant, blackberry, violet, cedar and a touch of bell pepper." The review notes that the wine is "dense and saturated with fruit on the finish," where "fine tannins emerge." The best drinking window is suggested to be from 2023 through 2035, with 75 cases imported (Wine Spectator, 9/30/2022).

Overall, the 2018 Castello di Ama Haiku Toscana IGT is a well-received and highly-rated wine, noted for its complexity, balance, and elegant expression.