Red

1997 Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend

  • Italy
  • Tuscany
  • Toscana IGT
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Community Tasting Notes 85

  • liber Likes this wine: 92 points

    August 11, 2021 - 14th of 18, opened 90 minutes, perfect level, cork half travelled, little changed from last July's bottle, big wine from hot vintage, some upside still. F (17.5).

  • mclanew Likes this wine: 93 points

    December 25, 2020 - Decanted over one hour and then drank over another two hours. This has a attractive nose showing aromas of cassis, garrique, and cigar box. The wine is mature but still vigorous with notable tannins. Black currant, black cherry, leather, earth and a little spice come through. This is drinking nicely and can continue to age for at least five more years.

  • Caruso Likes this wine: 96 points

    November 13, 2020 - Garnet with slight and thin orange rim. Corked in perfect condition nearly without been soaked. Stored under perfect conditions since release. Ready from the start without decant. Sweet cherries, white chocolate, black currants, cowberries, beef and on the palate in addition spicy, minty notes as well as a burnt rubber flavor, that is however not at all disturbing. Still quite tannic without food with balancing acidity. The scents show high complexity and elegance combined with more power than I remember. This is vivid and dry, with a structure that should carry it through another decade if optimal stored since release. Tannins a bit to high for my taste for receiving an even higher outstanding score. 5/13/18/10. -2030

  • Paul D wrote: 85 points

    September 25, 2020 - WIMPs is Back, (La Trompette, Chiswick): Nose is dark fruited, touch of mineral and spice. Medium/full bodied, spicy, dark fruit on the initial attack, decent acidity but falls away a bit on the finish

  • NickA Likes this wine: 89 points

    September 25, 2020 - 41st Birthday Wimps - Finally Friday table (La Trompette): Soft and quite straightforward. Juicy and enjoyable, but not exciting.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Castello dei Rampolla: Sammarco 1981-2011 (Oct 2015), 10/1/2015 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    3/31/2005 (link)

    (Castello dei Rampolla, Sammarco Toscana Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Daniel Thomases
    July/August 2000, IWC Issue #91 (link)

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Rockss and Fruit

  • By Lyle Fass
    8/20/2007 (link)

    (Castello dei Rampolla "Sammarco") This is Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese and has a great core of dark cherry fruit that gets brighter as the wine opens up. This an extremely earthy wine with the suave and silky tannins of a "made" wine but it is no way offensive and is actually quite enjoyable. Maybe too earthy for some but perfect for me. There is almost a dried mushroom element to the wine which adds wonderful complexity. Very rich but not overextracted or hot in any way. Really restrained considering the ripe quality of the vintage Quite nice wine and lasted open for two days with no signs of oxidation which is impressive as I find Sangiovese oxidizes quite easily. Nice stuff and I will not open my next bottle for 5-7 more years.

  • By Lyle Fass
    2/7/2005 (link)

    (Castello di Rampolla Sammarco) I am very glad I did not open one as this was very closed but has a very bright future ahead of it. Reticent nose at first but soon there were aromas of ripe black cherries, spicey oak, and some other non oak-associated spice. Subtle nose but very detailed. Very big on the palate but has an amazing roundness and precision. Pinpoint acidity with tremendous ripeness of fruit but still somewhat missing something in the middle due to it's shut down personality. Long finish with big noble tannins. This is a great wine. I would not touch this for at least five or six years.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • Type Red
  • Producer Castello dei Rampolla
  • Varietal SuperTuscan Blend
  • Designation Sammarco
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Italy
  • Region Tuscany
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Toscana IGT

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  • In Cellars 772 (57%)
  • Consumed 593 (43%)

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