2004 Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco Vino da Tavola

Year: 2004
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 93
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"Shows very beautiful aromas of currant, raspberry and Indian spices. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a long, clean finish. A tiny bit austere, but should come along nicely with time. The best Sammarco since 1997. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. Best after 2010. 1,945 cases made." (WS)

"The 2004 Sammarco is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 5% Sangiovese. It exhibits a dark purplish color, along with a wonderfully fragrant nose of spices and violets. It is a rich, powerful effort packed with an array of blueberries, blackberries and grilled herbs, showing a layered personality and an imposing tannic structure that will require patience. This gorgeously pure wine should drink effortlessly to age 25. A recent bottle of the 1988 was still youthful and full of life. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029.

High-density vineyards, biodynamic farming and low yields are the hallmarks of the wines of Castello dei Rampolla, located in the prestigious Conca d-Oro in Panzano. Despite its elegant name Castello di Rampolla is a small, family-run property with a decidedly artisanal approach to working in both the vineyards and the cellar. The estate produces big, concentrated wines with imposing tannic structures that have proven to be extremely ageworthy." (WA)

"($130; a blend of 90% cabernet sauvignon, 5% merlot and 5% sangiovese) Good full medium ruby. Multifaceted nose offers currant, flowers, tobacco and licorice, plus a tinge of minerally ink. Blackcurrant and raspberry fruit flavors are complicated by a ferrous, blood-like, mineral quality. The wine's lush, dense texture is nicely firmed by an edge of acidity on the very long, smooth finish." (IWC)

"This is a well-built and elegant Cabernet Sauvignon (with 5% Sangiovese) with thick layers of cherry, forest bramble, caramel, molasses and smoky tobacco-like tones that are deep and penetrating. It scores high in terms of intensity, complexity and ends with fresh, menthol nuances on the finish." (WE)