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Average critic rating : 92.0 points
The 2003 Sammarco (90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 5% Sangiovese) presents a gorgeously ripe, jammy nose along with licorice, cassis, smoke, earthiness, grilled herbs and sweet dark fruit nuances that flow from the glass. Full-bodied and long on the palate, it is a massively structured effort that should drink well to age 20, perhaps longer. Only the hard, drying tannins on the finish keep the score from going higher. The 2003 is the first vintage of Sammarco that adds a small percentage of Merlot to the blend. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023. ||High-density vineyards, biodynamic farming and low yields are the hallmarks of the wines of Castello dei Rampolla, located in the prestigious Conca d’Oro in Panzano. Despite its elegant name Castello di Rampolla is a small, family-run property with a decidedly artisanal approach to working in both the vineyards and the cellar. The estate produces big, concentrated wines with imposing tannic structures that have proven to be extremely ageworthy. Wine Advocate.June, 2007
Castello dei Rampolla is a Tuscan wine producer based in Panzano, in the Chianti Classico region. The winery is considered one of the leaders in the Chianti region and have pioneered organic and biodynamic viticulture, beginning as far back as 1994.
Both indigenous and international grape varieties are grown on the 30 hectare property, from which 3 red wines and 1 white wine are produced. A total production of 80,000 bottles are made of Chianti Classico, d’Alceo, Sammarco and the single white wine, Trebianchi.
In the vineyards, organic principles are practiced religiously and every operation is carried out according to the biodynamic calendar. Under the watchful eye of winemaker Luca di Napoli Rampolla, the wines are fermented in a variety of vessels, including amphora jars before ageing takes place in French oak barriques. Only native yeast is used and minimal sulphur is added, if at all.
The resulting wines are truly genius expressions of the terroir in Chianti Classico and have gained a great reputation amongst wine critics and enthusiasts alike. Renowned Italian wine critic, Antonio Galloni, may have said it best, “Castello dei Rampolla is one of the benchmark properties in Tuscany, and for good reason. At their finest, these are some of the most elegant, luscious wines readers will come across.”
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