Castello dei Rampolla "Sammarco" Toscana IGT 2013 (Tuscany, Italy) - [AG 98] [WS 97] [RP 95] [JS 94] [WE 93]

Castello dei Rampolla "Sammarco" Toscana IGT 2013
(Tuscany, Italy) - [AG 98] [WS 97] [RP 95] [JS 94] [WE 93]


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About this Wine:

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.

Varietals: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot

Tasting Notes
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


Ratings & Reviews


98 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous:
"The 2013 Sammarco is a stunning wine. Super-expressive aromatics make a strong opening statement in a wine endowed with myriad dimensions of nuance and complexity. The 2013 is deep and fleshy, with generous fruit, beautifully integrated tannins and exceptional finesse. Readers should not plan on opening a bottle of this any time soon, though, as it seems likely to age at a glacial pace." - Antonio Galloni (Jan 2018)

97 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A polished, blackberry- and black currant—infused red, with accents of wild herbs and spice, this is both saturated, intense and racy. All the elements are in the correct proportions, this just needs time to express itself fully. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Merlot. Best from 2020 through 2033. 1,833 cases made." – BS (Jul 31, 2018)

95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Wines from the Castello dei Rampolla property show an impressive and especially chiseled quality that gives them a very direct and immediate quality. These are frank and honest wines that stay true to the identity set forth years ago at this historic estate. They stay the course, so to speak. The 2013 Sammarco is Cabernet Sauvignon with Sangiovese and Merlot that tastes nothing like the many blended Bordeaux-inspired reds you find in this part of Italy. Instead, the wine is all-Tuscan in its appeal, with sun-drenched cherry, Mediterranean herb and a pretty balsam note that recalls the thick underbrush and woods of the Chianti Classico countryside. This vintage soars in intensity and beauty." - Monica Larner (31st Oct 2017)

94 Points - James Suckling:
"A complex wine with cherries, strawberries, black currants and hot stones. So clean and precise. Full body, firm tannins, high acidity and a long and fresh finish. Tight. Still needs some time. Better in 2019." - (October 20, 2017)

93 Points & Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Aromas of dark-skinned berry, culinary spice, sandalwood and blue flower combine with earthy scents of tilled soil and truffle. The bright full-bodied palate delivers pomegranate, juicy Marasca cherry, licorice and tobacco alongside elegant tannins. Drink through 2028." - Kerin O’Keefe (5/1/2018)