M+ brick-red. M+ intensity, tobacco, herbs, black fruits and pale liquorice. M- bodied. Rounded tannins with substances. Pepper on palate. Long after taste. Still structured and balanced after 24 hours although the acidity becomes more noticeable.
*Cab blended with merlot and sangiovese *12-15mth in 12HL oak (no toast or medium) *18-24mth in bt
4th of 12, opened an hour, perfect level and cork, previous notes very good or better - garnet robe, bright, little rim development; classy bouquet now developing, cassis, black cherry,some truffle and tobacco; medium bodied, decent length and balance, grip, quite silky, well made, pure, seemed to lose some energy after 2 hours, but generally still on improving trend.
Drinking very well, though I must say I was slightly disappointed with how much this has aged in the last few years. Last time I had it a few years ago, it was still youthful and powerful, and it is suddenly soft and mature. Drink now and over the next year or three.
Bought this for curiosity at an online-auction, just to get an update how tuscan wines (which we drank a lot in our "wine-youth", means our pre-Bdx era) can age. Not bad, but surely past its best. Ok with the sunday-dinner-pasta, but not to drink after. Drink Italian wines during their first ten years, except for Barolos, Sassicaia, Rancia or San Leonardo. I suggest to drink this up.
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(Castello di Rampolla Sammarco) Right off the bat it was very apparent that this was not as ripe as the '97. Which is not a demerit against the wine at all. Ripeness is not all. Still this was very opulent on the palate but the tannins were more there and less fine than the '97. The nose was a bit more developed than the '97 with great complex spice, menthol, black berries, cherries and mineral. Despite the wealth of tannins this was pretty accesible but has some legs.
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