Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico 2016
Winemaker Notes :
Chianti Classico embodies the intensity and freshness of the territory. The austere elegance of Sangiovese is enhanced by the addition of variable percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The result is a wine which is fresh, but also intense, fruity, full-bodied and balanced. It has a good acidity and a lingering taste.
|Region||Italy, Tuscany, Chianti Classico|
|Brand||Castello dei Rampolla|
Wine SpectatorPurity and intensity mark this supple, complex red, bursting with black cherry, black currant, plum, graphite, sanguine and tobacco notes that show an underlying woodsy accent. The well-integrated structure lends support as this plays out on the long finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2021 through 2035. 2,916 cases made, 850 cases imported.
Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Chianti Classico impresses for the heightened level of vibrant freshness and aromatic precision that distinguishes it in a large playing field. Proprietor Maurizia di Napoli tells me that the 2016 growing season was not without its ups and downs. Farming was difficult, and not all sites came to ripeness with the same consistency because it was cooler toward the end of the growing season. Castello dei Rampolla avoids the use of sulfites in winemaking. However, these results are stunning, especially as this is positioned as a more affordable wine. The blend is 85% Sangiovese, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Merlot.
Wine EnthusiastRipe black-skinned berry, underbrush, violet, new leather and cake spice aromas shape the nose on this earthy, fragrant red. Bright and savory, the vigorous palate offers juicy Marasca cherry, raspberry jam, cinnamon and star anise alongside a hint of game. Taut, grainy tannins provide support. Drink 2021–2026.