Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco 2008

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

$122.00
Item No. 123108
  • red wine
  • RP98
  • WS94
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

Dense ruby-purple color. Sweet nose of high class cigar tobacco intermixed with smoke, minerals, black currants, and vanilla. Dense, medium- to full-bodied, with superb richness, purity, and overall harmony.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2008 Sammarco is striking. Freshly cut flowers, red berries, mint and licorice burst from the glass. The 2008 is remarkably open and vibrant today, but it will almost certainly shut down with more time in bottle. Today the 2008 impresses for its length and pure, mineral-infused fruit. Dazzling aromatics, beautifully delineated fruit and fabulous structure all come to life in this stunning, breathtaking wine. I wish every Wine Advocate reader could taste this wine. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038.
Rating: 98+"
98 Points

"Complex, with subtle herbs accenting black cherry, black currant, sandalwood and cedar aromas and flavors. Extremely refined and detailed, with dense, well-integrated tannins for support. The finish is long and fresh. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Merlot. Best from 2016 through 2035."
94 Points

Learn About Castello dei Rampolla

The Rampolla winery, with its cellars dating back to the 13th century and its ancient Castle overlooking the Conca d’Oro’s valley, has been owned by the di Napoli for nearly three centuries. The 42 hectares of vineyard located on calcareous soils at about 360 meters above the sea level in the Chianti Classico locality of Panzano grow Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Learn About Tuscany

(TUSS-can-ee) One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...

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Learn About Sangiovese

Sangiovese (SAHN-gee-oh-VAY-zee) Blood of Jove (literally translated) The principal grape of Chianti - in fact, the principle grape of all of Tuscany - has had its ups and downs. For a stint in the 70s and 80s, wines labeled Chianti contained cheap red wine packaged in a straw casked bottle, most popular for the candle holder it would become. But no more. Sangiovese re...

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