Some of the finest juice coming out of Tuscany is contained in the bottles of Castello dei Rampolla. ‘Vigna D'Alceo’ is a sumptuous blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot that is sure to make your toes curl. The 2009 is rich, wonderfully deep, with a resonant core of sweet red berries, plums, and lifted mint. This is one for those who like ample heft on their drink, they nailed this one.
Alceo di Napoli's Castello dei Rampolla, near the famed "Conca d'Oro" in the town of Panzano in Chianti Classico, is renowned for their balanced, biodynamic, flawless reds. In 1996 the family introduced a Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot blend from a south-facing vineyard they planted in 1991, and christened it "Vigna D'Alceo." It was also the estate’s first certified biodynamic release, the pride of the late Alceo's children Luca and Maurizia.
We were overjoyed when recently we came by a pristine parcel of the 2006 wine, from an absolutely outstanding vintage.
"At their finest, these are some of the most elegant, luscious wines readers will come across... the 1999 Vigna d'Alceo was easily one of the very finest Tuscan wines I have ever had the privilege of drinking." – The Wine Advocate
The 2009 d'Alceo comes across as much more classic in style and structure than the 2008. According to Luca di Napoli, the trick to 2009 was harvesting on the early side. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, plums, mint and licorice all take shape in the glass Over the last few months, the 2009 d'Alceo has softened a bit, releasing expressive, floral aromatics, brighter shades of fruit and striking inner perfume, but it remains quite vibrant in the context of a vintage in which so many wines are quite a bit riper in style. The 2009 is a wonderfully deep, resonant d'Alceo that should offer a wide drinking window starting in a few years. It certainly looks like Rampolla nailed the vintage.
A super generous red with spices, meat and berry character. Full body with round and velvety tannins. Rich and generous. Gorgeous wine. A blend of cabernet sauivgnon and petite verdot. Much better in 2015 when the tannins come together.