2010 Castello dei Rampolla, Toscana, Sammarco (RT98+) From the Golden Slopes of Panzano, best known in the native tongue as the Conca d’Oro, comes this blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the remaining being Sangiovese and Merlot. The percentages vary from vintage to vintage. It spends 3 months in concrete, followed by 12-15 months in a combination of tonneaux and 12 HL casks, some of which are no toast, others are medium toast. Once bottled, it is aged 18-24 months at the winery before being released into the market. The combination of highly disciplined Biodynamic farming, perfectly ripe fruit and dynamic, artful elevage creates a wine that is nothing short of amazeballs. Nearly impenetrable, brooding and deeply saturated with pigment, rising notes of mineral laden cassis, dark berry, brambles and hints of brown tobacco lead its highly attractive bouquet, which keeps drawing you back for another whiff. This is a wine I could almost smell all night and not even take a sip, but the allure eventually wins out. The palate is equally attractive, with its laser focus, both linear and ultra fine, every detail precisely displayed, brightened by outstanding acidity and super suave tannins. While there is some tertiary development at age 13, the best is yet to come. This is an ager, so be sure to not consume your stash too young as it will most certainly improve with additional cellar time. Drink 2028-2042+ Tasted November 2023