Castello dei Rampolla

Sammarco Toscana IGT

Sammarco Toscana IGT
Italy

Red Wine90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot
  • Tasting Notes
  • Pairs With
    steak
    wild-boar
    Cheese (Hard)
    Pasta
  • ColorDense ruby-purple
  • NoseSweet nose of high class cigar tobacco intermixed with smoke, minerals, black currants, and vanilla 
    Blackcurrantblackcurrant
    Smokesmoke
    Tobacco Leaftobacco
    Vanillavanilla
  • Flavor Dense, medium- to full-bodied, with superb richness, purity, and overall harmony

Tuscany At a Glance

Region Name Tuscany

Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Super Tuscans from Bolgheri are some of the world’s most famous wines and are adored by collectors, and they all hail from the gorgeous region of Tuscany.

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Vintage Publication Score Review Date POS Generator
2017 James Suckling 98 Jul 2020 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2017 Wine Enthusiast 96 Apr 2021 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2017 Wine Spectator 95 May 2021 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2017 Wine Advocate 95 Sep 2020 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2017 Vinous Media 95 Sep 2020 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2016 Vinous Media 98 Sep 2021 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2016 Wine Advocate 96 Oct 2021 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2016 James Suckling 96 Aug 2021 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2015 Wine Enthusiast 98 May 2020 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2015 James Suckling 98 Nov 2019 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2015 Wine Spectator 95 Jul 2020 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2015 Wine Advocate 95 Sep 2019 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2014 Vinous Media 93 Feb 2019 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2014 Wine Spectator 90 Jun 2019 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 98 Vintage 2017 James Suckling Such beautiful balance and refinement to this legendary red with cherries, chocolate, walnuts, hazelnuts and autumn leaves. It’s medium to full-bodied with wonderful, creamy tannins and a persistent and complete finish. Better than the exquisite 2015? A blend of cabernet sauvignon, sangiovese and merlot. Needs three to four years to show all it has. Definitely one for the cellar. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 96 Vintage 2017 Wine Enthusiast A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Merlot, this delicious, juicy red offers inviting aromas of new leather, blue flower, ripe black-skinned fruit and grilled herb. On the smooth, savory palate, tightly knit, fine-grained tannins seamlessly support fleshy black cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and tobacco before closing on a mocha note. Drink through 2029.  Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 95 Vintage 2017 Wine Spectator A beam of pure cherry energizes this red, which is defined by vivid acidity. Floral, loamy earth, cocoa and sanguine notes add depth as the muscular tannins take hold on the finish. This has the goods, but just needs time. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Merlot. Best from 2024 through 2043. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 95 Vintage 2017 Wine Advocate Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a tiny part Sangiovese, the 2017 Sammarco is lush, generous and soft. This wine captures the spirit of generosity and richness that characterizes this sunny vintage. It reveals softer lines and more pliant contours compared to some of the cooler vintages of the past, and you get a generous down pouring of dark fruit, dried blackberry, cinnamon spice and cured leather or tobacco. The tannins are quite robust, but the wine also shows an immediate and accessible approach that distinguishes this growing season. You might notice that my review for the 2016 vintage is missing. That's because the 2016 vintage will be released after 2017 when that older wine has benefitted from more cellaring. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 95 Vintage 2017 Vinous Media The 2017 Sammarco is heady, exotic and totally beautiful. It is also not anywhere near ready to show all it's got. Iron, smoke, red cherry fruit, leather, blood orange and spice are some of the many notes that infuse the 2017 with layers of complexity. Firm, muscular tannins are going to need time to soften. Even so, the 2017 is a rare Sammarco that will require only minimal cellaring, which is why the estate decided to release it ahead of the 2016. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 98 Vintage 2016 Vinous Media 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. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 96 Vintage 2016 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. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 96 Vintage 2016 James Suckling 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. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 98 Vintage 2015 Wine Enthusiast Sunbaked 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. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 98 Vintage 2015 James Suckling 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. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 95 Vintage 2015 Wine Spectator This is dense and muscular, revealing a tightly wound matrix of black cherry, blackberry, iron, earth and tobacco flavors. Balsamic elements of wild juniper and rosemary emerge as this extends on the finish. Though gripping, this is also very pure, fresh and balanced. Needs time. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Merlot. Best from 2022 through 2036. From Italy Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 95 Vintage 2015 Wine Advocate 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. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 93 Vintage 2014 Vinous Media The 2014 Sammarco is distinctly savory and nervous in this vintage, both reflections of the cool growing season that favored Cabernet Sauvignon over the other varieties in the blend. Sweet tobacco, grilled herbs, red cherry, menthol and dried flowers struggle to fully emerge, as the 2014 remains a touch compact today. Hints of rose petal and mint add a touch of freshness to this mid-weight, yet deeply expressive Sammarco. The 2014 is going to need time to fully emerge, but I expect it will always be a relatively understated Sammarco. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 90 Vintage 2014 Wine Spectator This is mellowing, yet still fresh, boasting cherry, black currant, wild Mediterranean scrub and minerally aromas and flavors. On the lean side, yet should be ideal with food. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Merlot. Drink now through 2024. 1,833 cases made, 100 cases imported. –BS Shelf Talker Full Page Review