Mission Codename Some Margaux this Sammarco!
Everybody wants a Chateau Margaux-like experience. But that $900+ price puts it out of reach for most…
What if we can deliver something similar for $59?
Here’s a tale of two cult wines.
Both 2016’s. Both Cab driven, with Merlot too. ‘First Growths’ in their own rights. Each with 98 points from Antonio Galloni’s Vinous (plus a gang of other big scores).
Oh, also, one is a Bordeaux, the other a Tuscan.
So how come Château Margaux costs like $900 average, and THIS just $59 here today?
Galloni answers that “the relentless pursuit of excellence is evident in these spectacular reference point wines.”
At the full-on $100, this delivers the refined intensity of Margaux at a fraction of the cost. At $59, a complete no-brainer for ANY serious wine lover. We sold through every bottle of the 2017 at $65 last November. And now this, with a stronger gang of scores, for even less??
Selling out is a foregone conclusion.
A Wine Spectator spotlight last year wrote “For me, Rampolla is one of Tuscany’s most intriguingly unconventional estates - farming biodynamically long before it was fashionable and experimenting with everything from grape varieties to sulfite-free winemaking to wine amphorae made with an ancient material I’ll bet you’ve never heard of. Rampolla has gotten so good that, of late, it seldom produces a wine scoring less than Outstanding in Wine Spectator’s blind tastings.”
Continuing to recite the story of Sammarco “In 1980, Tachis and di Napoli vinified a Rampolla super Tuscan from Sangiovese and Cabernet. But in 1982, when the wine was ready for release, tragedy struck when di Napoli’s son Marco died in a helicopter crash. As a small way to cope with the crushing loss, friends urged him to name the wine for his son. The result, called Sammarco, has evolved over time to become dominantly Cabernet, consistently remaining a flagship.”
In a vertical of Sammarco back to 1981, Antonio Galloni for Vinous remarks “Castello dei Rampolla has been one of Tuscany’s leading estates for more than four decades. This once-in-a-lifetime tasting encompassed every vintage of Sammarco back to 1981 and provided a rare opportunity to trace the arc of one of Tuscany’s most groundbreaking reds… the Rampolla wines are world class, something that comes through loud and clear in this unforgettable tasting.”
We could shout from the rooftops about how good this is, and drone on with our own tasting experience, but there’s enough to go on below. And the inventory is no doubt dropping fast if you’re still reading this.
Don’t miss this opportunity to claim a classic at an unbeatable price, today only. Because it will sell out.
98 Points – Antonio Galloni’s Vinous “The 2016 Sammarco is a dense, flamboyant wine. Inky red fruit, spice, cedar, tobacco, menthol, and licorice are some of the notes that build in a statuesque Sammarco that dazzles from start to finish. A wine of stunning textural richness and intensity, Sammarco is translucent, sculpted and full of character. All the elements are so well balanced. Rose petal, cedar, tobacco, and mint linger on the eternal finish. The 2016 is a magical wine that can be, surprisingly, enjoyed now or cellared for a number of years. Time in the glass just brings out its energy and vertical drive. Sammarco is quite possibly the single greatest value in high-end Italian wine. Don’t miss it. Drink 2026-2046.”
97 Points - Wine Enthusiast “A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese, this opens with earthy aromas of truffle, leather, game, cassis and blue flower. Delicious and bursting with personality, the full-bodied palate doles out ripe black plum, fleshy black cherry, crushed black olive and licorice. Velvety, fine-grained tannins provide support. Drink 2023–2036.”
96+ Points - Wine Advocate “A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese, the Castello dei Rampolla 2016 Sammarco was held back for an extra year of aging before its commercial release. In fact, I already reviewed the 2017 vintage last year because that wine is many times more accessible and immediate than this one. The issue at hand are the tannins, which remain very tight and grippy in this bottle. That extra year in bottle has helped them to integrate, but this wine still has a very long way to go. Keep that in mind if you collect Sammarco. Despite that slight astringency, this is a wine of courage and vision. It shows expertly measured fruit weight and lots of lively intensity on the bouquet.”
96 Points - James Suckling “Plenty of currant and blackberry with some coffee and toasted oak on the nose. It’s full-bodied with a dense palate and round, polished tannins that fold nicely into this young wine. It’s very drinkable, even though it’s structured and so serious. Cool in the end, Cabernet sauvignon, sangiovese and merlot. Unfiltered. This will age beautifully. Drink after 2023, but a beauty already.”
What the Winery Says
2016 'Sammarco' Toscana IGT
- Elisabetta Geppetti & Clara Gentili
- Geppetti d’Attoma
- 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Sangiovese
- Locale / appellation
- Pereta, Maremma Toscana DOC
- Saffredi Estate
- Total acidity
- 5.7 g/L
- Vineyard area
- 14 ha
- Sandstone and clay
- South-west (older parcel), south-east (newer parcel)
- 18 months
- 75% new French oak