Castello dei Rampolla - Sammarco 2011

CASTELLO DEI RAMPOLLA

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.

Production varies depending on the weather conditions: 8000 – 18000 bottles.

VINIFICATION AND AGING

3 months: concrete

12-15 months: tonneaux and oak barrels 12 HL

no toast / medium toast

18-24 months: bottle

 

Details

The fullness and generosity here is absolutely amazing. The 2011 Sammarco is one of the protagonists of this vintage. In fact, I think Sammarco represents the hot 2011 growing season better than any other wine from the Chianti Classico area. The bend this year is 94% Sangiovese with 6% Merlot (the breakdown between the two grapes is usually 90-10) and the wine is fermented with ambient yeasts. The bouquet is beautifully redolent of dark berry fruit, soft spice, licorice and cola. The wine's overall elegance and length are both impressive.

Robert Parker 94/100

Aromas of tar, chilis, raspberries and dark chocolate follow through to a full body with super velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Need three years to soften. Another superb blend of sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon from the organic estate in Panzano. Try in 2018.

James Suckling 95/100


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Category: Chianti, wine

Vendor: CASTELLO DEI RAMPOLLA