Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco 2013

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SKU 12614

750ml

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This historic estate owned by the Di Napoli family since 1964 is situated in Panzano’s Conca d’Oro. Selling its first estate bottles in 1975, Castello dei Rampolla emerged as one of a handful of producers who played a major role in the revival of the Chianti Classico. Characterized by innovative and rigorous production strategies, biodynamic methods have been used in the vineyards since 1994. Castello dei Rampolla wines have become cult favorites for their consistency and authenticity. D'Alceo is a single vineyard. The name is in honor of Maurizia and Luca Di Napoli’s late father Alceo, who planted the vineyard. While Sammarco is a pioneer in the Super-Tuscan establishment, Castello dei Rampolla’s d’Alceo—which debuted in 1996 as Vigna d’Alceo —has attracted major attention. Its intense marriage of opulence and power has given it cult status, placing it in the realm of Masseto from Ornellaia and Messorio. Its lush density belies the wine’s serious structure, and the addition of Petit Verdot—unusual in the Super-Tuscan genre—gives d'Alceo a potent, sleek and spicy dimension. Made of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15 % Petit Verdot, serve with game, chicken, turkey, pork, aged cheeses and mushrooms.
Category Red Wine
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Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Brand Castello dei Rampolla
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Wine AdvocateWines from the Castello dei Rampolla property show an impressive and especially chiseled quality that gives them a very direct and immediate quality. These are frank and honest wines that stay true to the identity set forth years ago at this historic estate. They stay the course, so to speak. The 2013 Sammarco is Cabernet Sauvignon with Sangiovese and Merlot that tastes nothing like the many blended Bordeaux-inspired reds you find in this part of Italy. Instead, the wine is all-Tuscan in its appeal, with sun-drenched cherry, Mediterranean herb and a pretty balsam note that recalls the thick underbrush and woods of the Chianti Classico countryside. This vintage soars in intensity and beauty.

Monica Larner, October 31, 2017

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