Castello dei Rampolla 2008 - Vigna D'Alceo 750 ml.
Italy - Tuscany
Cabernet Sauvignon - Petit Verdot
Red - Vintage: 2008 - Size: 750 ml.
The land on which the Castello dei Rampolla farm stands has been owned by the family since 1739. Much history has passed over these lands, but that of our family starts in the mid-1960's with the dream of one man, Alceo di Napoli Rampolla, who wished to create a great wine. In 1975 our first bottles of Chianti Classico were produced. This was a time when Chianti Classico was struggling to assert itself and to earn the respect it deserved. Alceo then had an intuition and decided, with the help of a great winemaker Giacomo Tachis , to be the first in the area to plant Cabernet Sauvignon and to blend it with Sangiovese. This was the first of the Castello dei Rampolla revolutions, only a few years after the farms birth.
The 2008 d'Alceo is a huge, inward, brooding wine. Plums, black cherries, camphor, incense and smoke emerge over time, but only with great reluctance. The 2008 is going to require considerable patience, but it is shaping up to be an absolute jewel. The d'Alceo is a wine of notable depth and purity, but it is very closed down at the moment. Dark red fruit, flowers, mint, spices, tar, cassis, graphite and camphor linger on the huge, structured finish. This is a towering effort from the Di Napoli family
James Suckling: 100
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Very pure, sporting cherry, currant and blueberry fruit, showing a tinge of vanilla from the new oak. This is tightly wound and fresh, athletic even, with a long, linear finish. This should reward keeping for a few years. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2015 through 2027. 100 cases imported.