2017 Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo #173036648


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Reviews 95 points Wine Advocate "The wine opens to an almost impenetrable appearance with inky black hues and unruly intensity. The power of the bouquet is driven by the ripeness of the fruit and perhaps a positive pinch of volatile acidity (just the right amount for emphasis) that adds extra lift and punch to the overall effect. Syrupy blackberry segues to smoky tar and resin. (ML)" 100 points Vinous "The 2017 D'Alceo possesses mind-blowing intensity and pedigree to burn. Rich, ample and explosive, the 2017 is magnificently impressive right out of the gate. Lavender, rose petal, spice, kirsch, mint and violet lead into a core of inky dark blue/purplish berry fruit. Soft contours and suave, silky tannins give the 2017 so much immediacy, but there is plenty of cellaring potential too. In a word: epic. (AG)"

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About Castello dei Rampolla

Sitting majestically atop the Chianti Classico's Conca d'Oro valley, Castello dei Rampolla is a stalwart in the Super Tuscan category, its roots firmly grounded in a history that traces back to the 13th century. This prestigious estate has been under the stewardship of the Di Napoli family since 1739 and currently produces between 8,000 to 25,000 bottles annually, depending on the vintage.

Inspired by the triumph of Sassicaia, Alceo Di Napoli pioneered the planting of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese in 1965, marking the first steps towards creating their acclaimed wines. Indeed, these early grapes contributed to the initial vintages of Tignanello, as they were sold, to Piero Antinori. Castello dei Rampolla released their first vintage in 1980 under the watchful eye of oenologist Giacomo Tachis, whose influence helped shape the bold, nuanced style and aging prowess that Castello dei Rampolla wines are now revered for.

Presently helmed by Alceo's children, Luca and Maurizia, the winery continues its minimalistic winemaking approach while embracing biodynamic practices since 1994. The incorporation of gentler oak usage, Luca credits, has significantly enhanced the quality of their wines.

The estate's commitment to biodynamic practices is evident in its hands-on approach, eschewing heavy machinery for manual labor and a focus on natural treatments, showcasing a profound respect for its historic land. Yet, despite their dedication, they forgo certification, their work speaking for itself.

Nestled within the radiant golden basin and neighbor to the renowned Fontodi, the estate is celebrated for its Bordeaux-inspired blends, and it's worth noting their flagship wines, the Sammarco and d'Alceo. Sammarco, an elegant blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, and Merlot, exhibits a potent concentration of tannins and a distinct aroma of ripe fruit, while d'Alceo, a testament to the personality of the vineyard, is an intense and warm blend, melding ripe red fruits with delicate notes of cigar and tobacco. The minimalistic vinification and aging process, which includes a period in concrete tanks, tonneaux, and oak barrels, followed by bottle aging, further underlines the meticulous nature of their winemaking.

Collectors and drinkers alike prize these unique wines, their pedigree, complexity, and the fascinating history of Castello dei Rampolla, ensuring they remain enduring symbols of Tuscan wine excellence.

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