The name Sammarco is in honor of Marco di Napoli, brother of Maurizia and Luca, who died in a helicopter accident in the early 1980s. Sammarco is the original biodynamic Super-Tuscan. Although we tend to position this Cabernet powerhouse after names like Sassicaia, Solaia, and Ornellaia, Sammarco actually predated Ornellaia (1980) and boasts the same winemaking talent behind that “aia” trio—Giacomo Tachis. This is one of the pioneering Tuscan blends that privileges craftsmanship and quality, establishing its credentials absent the instruments of media and marketing. Family owned and operated, Castello dei Rampolla pursues an artisanal approach that includes the practice of organic winemaking, hand selection of grapes, and cultivation of low yields.
Owner: Maurizia and Luca Di Napoli
Winemaker: Maurizia di Napoli
Type: Red wine
Varietals: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot
Vineyard Location: Panzano
Orientation: South east- south west
Elevation: 380 m a.s.l.
Trellising: Vertical and horizontal cordon
Manual harvest of fields that have undergone no chemical treatment. The harvest follows the lunar calendar. Skin maceration for 30 days. Alcoholic fermentation in concrete vats (7 days at 28-30 °C).
14-16 months in French oak barriques, oak barrels of 12 Hl and tonneaux of 500 L. 24 months in the bottle before the release.
Color: Dense ruby-purple
Bouquet: Sweet nose of high class cigar tobacco intermixed with smoke, minerals, black currants, and vanilla
Flavor: Dense, medium- to full-bodied, with superb richness, purity, and overall harmony
Pairings: Excellent with game, red meats and aged cheeses
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Serving Temperature: 57-62°F
Production: 22,000 bts