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2016 Castello Dei Rampolla SammarcoBlend from Italy

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"Sammarco is a very fresh wine with fine aromas of woodland undergrowth and a deep, intense colour. It is characterised by distinct aromas of ripe fruit and has a strong concen...

  • 98 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
  • 97 Wine Enthusiast
  • 96+ Monica Larner - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • 96 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
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Ratings:

98

"The 2016 Sammarco is a dense, flamboyant wine. Inky red fruit, spice, cedar, tobacco, menthol and licorice are some of the notes that build in a statuesque Sammarco that dazzles from start to finish. A wine of stunning textural richness and intensity, Sammarco is translucent, sculpted and full of character. All the elements are so well balanced. Rose petal, cedar, tobacco and mint linger on the eternal finish. The 2016 is a magical wine that can be, surprisingly, enjoyed now or cellared for a number of years. Time in the glass just brings out its energy and vertical drive. Sammarco is quite possibly the single greatest value in high-end Italian wine. Don't miss it."

97 Wine Enthusiast

"A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese, this opens with earthy aromas of truffle, leather, game, cassis and blue flower. Delicious and bursting with personality, the full-bodied palate doles out ripe black plum, fleshy black cherry, crushed black olive and licorice. Velvety, fine-grained tannins provide support. Drink 2023–2036. -KO"

96+ Monica Larner - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese, the Castello dei Rampolla 2016 Sammarco was held back for an extra year of aging before its commercial release. In fact, I already reviewed the 2017 vintage last year because that wine is many times more accessible and immediate than this one. The issue at hand are the tannins, which remain very tight and grippy in this bottle. That extra year in bottle has helped them to integrate, but this wine still has a very long way to go. Keep that in mind if you collect Sammarco. Despite that slight astringency, this is a wine of courage and vision. It shows expertly measured fruit weight and lots of lively intensity on the bouquet."

96 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com

"Plenty of currant and blackberry with some coffee and toasted oak on the nose. It’s full-bodied with a dense palate and round, polished tannins that fold nicely into this young wine. It’s very drinkable, even though it’s structured and so serious. Cool in the end, Cabernet sauvignon, sangiovese and merlot. Unfiltered. This will age beautifully. Drink after 2023, but a beauty already."

Product Description:

"Sammarco is a very fresh wine with fine aromas of woodland undergrowth and a deep, intense colour. It is characterised by distinct aromas of ripe fruit and has a strong concentration of powerful tannins.

It is an elegant and refined wine: Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with a percentage of Sangiovese and Merlot." -Winery

Product Detail

Item # 132097
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-Region Toscana IGT
Ratings

98 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous

97 - Wine Enthusiast

96+ - Monica Larner - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

96 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com

Vintage 2016
Color Red
ABV 14.5%
Varietal(s) Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, black cherry, plum, smoke, toast, tar, red fruit, strawberry and raspberry
Nose currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, asparagus, green pepper and red fruit