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Castello dei Rampolla

Tasting Notes


The 2012 Sammarco is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Merlot. Like with the d'Alceo, this hot vintage does not deliver the same soaring intensity and complexity as seen in past years. It shows added softness and succulence instead. The bouquet is driven by sweet fruit and dried berry aromas that underline the warm vintage. Allspice, clove and more sweet fruit appear on the close.


Fragrant purple flower, ripe black-skinned fruit and dark spice aromas slowly emerge on this savory blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 5% Sangiovese. Full bodied and succulent, the smooth structured palate delivers crushed raspberry, black currant, star anise and chopped mint alongside a backbone of firm polished tannins.

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The Winery

Castello dei Rampolla

Castello dei Rampolla has been family-run since 1739 on the same farmland in Toscana, however only in 1975 was this estates first wine release: Chianti Classico. At a time where Chianti was an afterthought of quality, Alceo di Napoli Rampolla and his winemaker Giacomo Tachis sought to change the stigma. They also were one of the firsts in Toscana to plant Cabernet Sauvignon and blend it with Sangiovese in what is now famously called a Super Tuscan. This family estate continues to pursue greatness by their Chianti Classico, Sammarco and Vigna d’Alceo bottlings that consistently receives scores from critics in the upper echelon.

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