Castello dei Rampolla - Sammarco Toscana 2016


This historic estate owned by the Di Napoli family since 1964 is situated in Panzano’s Conca d’Oro. Selling its first estate bottles in 1975, Castello dei Rampolla emerged as one of a hand-full of producers who played a major role in the revival of the Chianti Classico. Characterized by innovative and rigorous production strategies, biodynamic methods have been used in the vineyards since 1994. Castello dei Rampolla wines have become cult favorites for their consistency and authenticity.

'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.'  98 points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

'These new releases from the Di Napoli family are off the charts. I tasted the wines twice, just to make sure my enthusiasm was not more a reflection of being in Chianti Classico after two years. It wasn’t. The wines are off the charts. For years, Rampolla has been a beacon for biodynamic farming and bold, explosive reds that age gracefully for many years. A number of refinements, including shortening time in wood for the top bottling, has given the wines even more nuance and complexity.' - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

Producer: Castello dei Rampolla

Country: Italy

Region: Tuscany

Varietal:Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot

Appellation: Toscana IGT

Vintage: 2016

Size: 750ml