Castello Dei Rampola 2015 Sammarco, Toscana IGT

Castello Dei Rampola 2015 Sammarco, Toscana IGT

James Suckling
Wine Advocate
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About Castello Dei Rampola 2015 Sammarco, Toscana IGT

The land on which the Castello dei Rampolla stands has been owned by the family since 1739. In the mid-1960's with the dream of creating a great wine, Alceo di Napoli Rampolla planted vineyards and produced Chianti Classico. Not long after, Alceo got the idea to ask for the help of a great winemaker Giacomo Tachis, the creator of Sassicaia and one of the first in the region to plant Cabernet Sauvignon and to blend it with Sangiovese. This is what put Castello dei Rampolla on the map and Sammarco is their signature wine. The grapes are all sourced from the single Sammarco vineyard. A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 5% Sangiovese macerated on the skins for 30 days then aged 14-16 months in French oak barrels.

The Wine Advocate scored this 95 points saying "The 2015 Sammarco (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese) shines the brightest spotlight onto the Cabernet Sauvignon element, and you can immediately make out the distinctive sharpness and structure of that variety. The bouquet offers notes of black fruit, toasted spice and grilled herb, along with wild flower, terracotta and tilled earth. There is some spice on the close, and the tannins do leave their mark with youthful astringency. Give the wine some time in the cellar, and one day it will be fantastic with a tagliatelle and porcini."

James Suckling scored it 98 points saying "I love the meatiness to this wine, but also the purity of fruit; think charcuterie, prosciutto, bay leaf, capsicum, blueberries, blackcurrants and crushed stones. You just can’t get over the way this manages to deliver a powerful, muscular package with stunning finesse and poise. The tapestry of intricate texture and detail is wrought in a flashy but sincere and heartwarming style. The balance takes your breath away. Best ever from here. Impossible to resist now, but better from 2025."

Wine Enthusiast Magazine made this a Cellar Selection and scored it 98 points saying "Sun baked earth, mature black plum, fragrant blue flower and leather aromas mingle with balsamic whiffs of camphor on this full-bodied, delicious red. Made with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Sangiovese, the creamy palate is earthy and full of flavor, boasting juicy blackberry, raspberry, dried mint, cocoa and licorice. Taut, velvety tannins provide plenty of support and finesse. Drink through 2035."

Wine Details

  • Alcohol % 14.5%
  • Bottle Size 750 ml
  • Wine Type Red
  • Country Italy
  • Region Tuscany

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