Fascinating berry, incense and floral aromas. Full-bodied, with silky tannins. Really kicks in on the fresh, bright finish. Sangiovese and Cabernet. Best after 2005.
The 2000 Sammarco, though dark and firm in color and with much cassis fruit along with aromas of vanilla and cedar, is less concentrated and round than usual, with a slight pause on the mid-palate and a bit of dryness on the finish, despite the expressive fruit and the well integrated oak which gives some additional sweetness to the close. Drink: 2005-2015.
Potent and alive, kind of rubbery and leathery, with a shot of barnyard thrown in for good measure. Shows solid cherry and berry at the core, but that fruit is offset by hard tannins and overt firmness. Not a lush, modern playboy; more of classic with old-world appeal. Needs time in the glass to unravel.
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