Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d'Alceo 2007

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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
Varietals
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Brand Castello dei Rampolla
  • wa98

Wine AdvocateThe 2007 d'Alceo shows none of the Sammarco's early appeal. It is a dark, inward wine imbued with black fruit, roasted coffee beans, grilled herbs and licorice, all of which build effortlessly towards the huge, explosive finish. This exquisite d'Alceo will require significant patience. d'Alceo remains a model of the level French varieties can reach in Tuscany. In 2007 the blend is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2032.

Antonio Galloni, August 2011
  • ws96

Wine SpectatorSuave and silky, with rich black currant, blackberry and spice flavors backed by lively acidity and dusty tannins. It all hangs together beautifully, with a Bordeaux-like cast to the flavors and profile. There's intensity, without this being showy or heavy. Terrific length. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2013 through 2030. 100 cases imported.

Bruce Sanderson, October 15, 2011