SO'd for 4 hours. Dark purple color. Classic nose of cassis/black currant, black cherries, vanilla, sweet spices, earth, graphite, some crushed flowers, almost resembling a top-notch Médoc. At the beginning there was also a touch of horse saddle but disappeared after some aeration. On the palate there is mainly ripe black and blue berries, again a beautiful minerality (graphite, earth) as well as some spices, a touch of tobacco leaf and also a touch of herbs. It's full-bodied, dense, polished with medium-high tannin and medium acidity adding some grip. The tannin is a touch drying but this might integrate with a few more years in bottle. Very long finish. A very beautiful Sammarco, still young but very expressive. I would give it another 2-3 years in bottle before opening another one but it's hard to wait if a wine is that great already... Somehow I think there will be even more complexity in a few years.
Very dense wine packed and concentrated. Lots of wood spices, dried currants, slight tinges of graphite with Bordeaux-like tendencies. This will be exciting to follow for another 3-5 years, but it's still a bit stuck in its youth. 92-94
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