Friday Dinner at Friends' House (Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong): Popped and poured to accompany a course of cheese. Opaque jeweled ruby colour. Nose is reticent - melted caramel and warm road tar. Palate is big, fruity red plum and black plum (mainly the sklns) and a quite tannic finish. Some resonance but in a much too young and headachy way. I think this will always be a too-extracted wine for me.....but maybe revisit in 12 years' time.
Medium ruby. Expressive nose of red and dark fruit with lots of woody and toasty/bakery notes, some earth as well, much less in the blue fruit spectrum than the Alceo. On the palate Tuscan terroir comes through with a different mouth feel than Bordeaux due to a vigorous acidity and an earthiness that is more dry earth than wet forest floor of Medoc. Good wine, that can add a point. Decant or better wait for another 3 years. 94-95
I was lucky enough to not just taste but drink it again. First slightly closed but opened up significantly after an hour or two in the decanter. Explosive notes of red berries, but also plenty of dark berries (blackberries, blueberries and some cassis), licorice, crushed sweet flowers, tobacco and some graphite/mineral notes. It's medium-full bodied with high tannin that is super silky but present and pretty high acidity providing freshness. With some air it gained some more weight. A breath-takingly beautiful Sammarco that is still young, but it's already sooo good. Wow!!!
Nose: Very big & bold nose with aromas of black fruit like blackberry & some black cherry mixed with violets, sandalwood, leather and cigar box. With more time in the glass you get some pretty strong underbrush notes too. Palate: On the first sip you get a lot of mixed dark & red fruit. Very silky texture. Juicy, powerful wine, but never too big. Very good acidity which keeps everything in balance. Tannins are still there but super fine and nicely integrated. Looong finish. I think you can enjoy this now with enough air, but some more cellar age will help to make it a even more complete wine.
It definately feels like it is growing, but not shedding any weight. Initial taste was full of edgy tannin, and even after the 4 hour mark had not softened much. By the 6 hour mark, and the last glass, everything was coming together. No formal notes, but very exceptional wine with lots of life. Wait 2 years before opening my next bottle. Maybe 95+ in the next century, for now 92...
It took a 6-hour decant to coax this shut-down beast out of its cave. From that point, the wine's structure, minerality and complexity put on an incredibly impressive show, with profound and rich notes of licorice, dark fruit and tea leaves. A remarkable wine, best not revisited for some years though.
Lovely aromatics of mushrooms, violets and blackberries upon opening. After a few minutes in the glass the earthiness subsides and more pure fruit, flowers, graphite and minerals come to the forefront. Loads of complexity. Medium to full bodied with layers of perfectly ripe black and blue fruit, interwoven with juicy acidity, various minerals, and subtle oak treatment. The tannins are ample, but fine. I love the clarity and purity here. A very interesting well-made wine that should have a bright future. This should be great in 10-15 years. A relative value in the world of pricey Bordeaux and several hundred dollar Super Tuscans. Second bottle with consistent notes. 95+
Tasted @ Vinitaly 2013. Dark purple color. Explosive nose of red fruits, but also blackberries, blueberries, some spices, flowers, plums and leather. On the palate there is a textural richness you could almost bite. Nevertheless, the wine is incredibly complex and elegant, even at this early stage. Powerful, dense and very long but with an incredible sense of harmony. A very big wine.
First time i try this wine. It oozes out of the glass with red berries and freshly cut flowers. The viscosity and creaminess of the fruit combined with mouth soaring acid and stunningly rich fruit is just great! Very complex on the palate with layer upon layer of red berries, whipped cream, exotic fruits and perfectly integrated oak. This is easily one of the best Super Tuscans i have tasted, including everything that ends with "aia".
Tasted over two days. Deep, slightly sweet strawbarry nose, 2nd day with some animal notes that blew off. Palate is just fabulous. Agree with previous taster that this is closed but this is not just a wine with bright future but the quality is felt today. Dense, blue-fruited purity. So evident that in making this wine the terrain and grapes are put to the fore while "distracting" components like disproportionate new oak is lft behind. The balance is impeccable. Tannins are very fine-grained but boatload of them, most evident in the hugely long aftertaste. Summa summarum: collection of vertical of Sammarco is a must.
Fantastiskt vin med stor doft av kryddor, köttsafter, tomat, mörka körsbär och läder. Fylligt med underbar textur och munkänsla. Mycket smakrikt och smaken varar länge. Det här är ett stort vin. Inget snack om den saken. Gjorde sig mycket bra till stekt spaghetti i olivolja med smält ädelost, vitlök och rikligt med kräftstjärtar.