2017 Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco IGT

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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jamessuckling.com, December 2020

Such beautiful balance and refinement to this legendary red with cherries, chocolate, walnuts, hazelnuts and autumn leaves. It’s medium to full-bodied with wonderful, creamy tannins and a persistent and complete finish...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2020

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a tiny part Sangiovese, the 2017 Sammarco is lush, generous and soft. This wine captures the spirit of generosity and richness that characterizes this sunny vintage. It reveals softer lines...
WS 95

Wine Spectator, May 2021

A beam of pure cherry energizes this red, which is defined by vivid acidity. Floral, loamy earth, cocoa and sanguine notes add depth as the muscular tannins take hold on the finish. This has the goods, but just needs...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Vintage 2017
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Screw Cap

Castello dei Rampolla is a family-run wine estate located in the southern valley of Chianti Classico known as the “Conca d’Oro,” the Golden Basin. The land on which it stands has been owned by the di Napoli Rampolla family since 1739.

The estate produced its first bottles of Chianti Classico in 1975. The first bottles of Sammarco, a Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and Sangiovese, were released in 1982. Castello dei Rampolla began practicing biodynamic farming in 1994, producing their first biodynamic wine, D’Alceo, in 1996.

Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco is a very fresh wine with fine aromas of woodland undergrowth and a deep, intense color. It is characterized by distinct aromas of ripe fruit and has a strong concentration of powerful tannins.

It is an elegant and refined wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with a percentage of Sangiovese and Merlot. Production varies, from 8000 to 18000 bottles, depending on the weather conditions

The 2017 Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco IGT is a legendary red wine from Tuscany, Italy. Crafted with meticulous care by the renowned producer, Castello dei Rampolla, this wine is a true testament to the artistry and expertise of the winemakers.

In the glass, the wine displays a deep, rich red color that hints at its intensity and complexity. The aromas that emanate from the glass are nothing short of captivating. Notes of ripe cherries, luscious chocolate, and a medley of nuts, including walnuts and hazelnuts, dance on the nose. As the wine opens up, delicate hints of autumn leaves add a touch of earthiness and intrigue.

On the palate, the wine reveals a beautiful balance and refinement. It is medium to full-bodied, offering a luxurious mouthfeel that is both velvety and creamy. The tannins are wonderfully integrated, contributing to a smooth and seamless texture. The finish is persistent and complete, leaving a lasting impression that beckons for another sip.

This exceptional blend is composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, and Merlot. Each varietal contributes its unique characteristics to create a harmonious and complex wine. The 2017 vintage captures the spirit of generosity and richness that characterizes the sunny growing season, resulting in a wine that is both approachable and age-worthy.

James Suckling, a trusted wine critic, awarded this wine an impressive score of 98 points. He describes the wine as having "wonderful, creamy tannins" and recommends cellaring it for three to four years to fully appreciate its potential. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also praises the 2017 Sammarco, noting its lushness, generosity, and immediate accessibility. Wine Spectator highlights the wine's pure cherry character, vibrant acidity, and muscular tannins, suggesting it will benefit from aging.

The 2017 Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco IGT is a wine of exceptional quality and character. It is a true gem from Tuscany, representing the best of Italian winemaking traditions. Whether enjoyed now or aged in the cellar, this wine promises an unforgettable experience for wine enthusiasts.