Had the craving for a really nice Sangiovese tonight but ended up with a Cabernet Sauvignon instead! Not that I´m complaining. This is a beauty and a stunning example of the greatness of the 2006 Tuscan wines.
2006 Sammarco, Castello dei Rampolla
It needed some time in the decanter and the glass to really open up but when it did - what a wine! A hedonistic, concentrated, deep nose with the sweetest red and black currants, licorice, freshly cut pinetrees, new expensive leather, a dusty Tuscan road, and the scents that comes from a perfect autumn walk when it still is rather chilly. Just beautiful.
The taste is very young and the tannins really makes a mark in the mouth, but the fruit is soooo sweet and refined, and copes easily with the young structure. More of red and black cherries than currants in the taste with some added dark chocolate, licorice, forest floor and a touch of vanilla oak. Very, very fresh. The finish goes on for over a minute, with a sweet mineral note. Great, great wine, but needs another 5+ years in the cellar.
The cepage is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 5% Sangiovese.
94p (tasted 2012/03)