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. 2012 is silky, sweet, and enveloping, it wraps itself around your senses with succulent plum, black cherry and licorice. A vibrant spark of acidity gives this wine a playful edge. Save this for a few years if you can, but we bet you will succumb
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
A focused, balanced style, evoking pure cherry, raspberry, mineral and floral aromas and flavors, this is elegant and fluid yet dense and well-structured, ending with lively acidity and dusty tannins. The finish goes on and on. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.
Earthy aromas of tilled soil, underbrush, leather, purple flower, cedar and ripe black-skinned berry lead the way on this delicious blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot. The smooth full-bodied palate doles out juicy blackberry, red currant, licorice, exotic spice, mocha and a hint of game while tightly knit but velvety tannins lend both structure and finesse. It's already compelling but give it time to fully develop.
The 2012 d'Alceo is sweet, round and enveloping. Silky tannins give the 2012 much of its shape, while adding to the wine's appeal. Plum, black cherry, menthol, licorice and sweet spices wrap around the fleshy, succulent finish. Like the Sammarco, d'Alceo is a bit restrained in this vintage.