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2005 Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco Toscana Rosso
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2010

($116; a blend of sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon and merlot) Deep red. Crushed cassis, raspberry, violet, licorice and fresh herbs on the sexy nose. Then juicy, serious and insinuating, with sweet blackcurrant and mineral flavors framed by sound acidity and ripe, silky-smooth tannins. Finishes with noteworthy persistence and purity, with captivating notes of cinnamon and red berries. Beautiful wine.

93 Points | Wine Spectator
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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