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1998 Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco Toscana Rosso
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2002

($85; 85% cabernet sauvignon and 15% sangiovese) Medium to full garnet. Tobacco, licorice and graphite predominate on the nose. The sweet, gauzy texture supports layers of intense black fruit sensations followed by mouthcoating but smooth tannins. A supple and well-structured wine. (Vias Imports, New York, NY)

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

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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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