Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco 2017
95 Points - 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 and more pliant contours compared to some of the cooler vintages of the past, and you get a generous down pouring of dark fruit, dried blackberry, cinnamon spice and cured leather or tobacco. The tannins are quite robust, but the wine also shows an immediate and accessible approach that distinguishes this growing season. You might notice that my review for the 2016 vintage is missing. That's because the 2016 vintage will be released after 2017 when that older wine has benefitted from more cellaring.
This set of new releases from Castello dei Rampolla shares a common theme of ripeness, fruit-forward succulence and alcoholic warmth that runs through most of the wines, regardless of vintage (2016, 2017 and 2018).
- Monica Larner