Since 1739, the di Napoli family has owned and managed the 13th-century estate of Castello dei Rampolla, which is situated near Panzano in the heart of the Chianti Classico zone. Once apparently inspired by Sassicia, this historic estate now produces beautifully crafted and somewhat traditional super Tuscan IGT wines under the skilled supervision of famous oenologist Giacomo Tachis.
2004 Castello dei Rampolla "Sammarco" IGT Tuscany Italy
Suggested retail price $130-$140
Imported/Distributed by VIAS in NYC
Sammarco is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5 % Sangiovese from vineyards in Panzano, planted on slopes with southeastern exposure and calcareaous, marly rocky soils, at an altitude of 1140 ft. This wine was aged for18-24 months (Sangiovese in Slavonian oak, Cabernet Sauvignon in barriques, of which 30% new); the assemblage occurred in stainless steel with a light egg white fining before bottling.
2004 was an excellent vintage in Tuscany and the resulting wine is quite impressive. Behind its dense ruby-purple color with bright reflects, the nose is ripe and rich with cigar box spices and tobacco notes intermingled with dark wild berries, smoke, minerals, black currants, and toasted oak hints. Medium to full-bodied, with good intensity, the palate is dense, rich, with a very good sense of purity and harmony. The finish is long and structured with bright acidity and supporting tannins that enhance the quality of the fruit. Pair it with game, red meats and aged cheese.
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Info taken from the importer website at www.viaswine.com
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