- Castello Dei Rampolla Chianti Classico 2010 Product #27042 (In Stock)
This is simply the best young Chianti Classico I’ve ever tasted, a wine of astonishing richness and depth, layered and complex, bursting with fruit, and long and refreshing on the finish. The 2009 was certainly lovely and well worthy of its 92+ point Wine Advocate rating, but the 2010 is better still – the best non-riserva Chianti I’ve ever had.
Part of the secret here is undoubtedly the 2010 vintage. As Wine Advocate reported, “In Chianti Classico, 2010 is shaping up to be a great vintage, perhaps one of the greatest. It was a cold year, with an irregular flowering that lowered yields, and a very late harvest. The wines possess stunning depth, well-delineated aromatics and massive structure. If I had to draw comparisons with recent years, I would say the 2010s have the aromatics of 2004, the fruit density of 2007 and the structure of 2006. Sounds pretty appealing, doesn’t it?”
The 2010 Rampolla Chianti Classico is, as Wine Advocate said about the 2009, “insanely beautiful.” Sweet black cherry, locorice, black tea and floral aromas burst from the glass. In the mouth, it's supple, silky and seductive with layers of flavors effortlessly coat your mouth - cherries, blackberries, mint, fresh leather and a touch of porcini all play a role. At once deeply rich and fantastically pure, it finishes with classic Chianti acidity and fine tannin. Stunning now, built to improve for a decade, this is delicious value.
- Castello Dei Rampolla Sammarco 2009 Product #28105 (In Stock)
Sammarco was created in 1978 by Rampolla owner Alceo Di Napoli and his good friend, enologist Giacomo Tachis as an experiment in making a Sassacaia-like Cabernet blend from the very best vineyards in Chianti’s Conca d’Oro. The answer turned out to be, “Something pretty impressive!” While not quite the “wine of the ages” the 2008 was, the 2009 Sammarco is a beauty that you can dip into right now (although a few more years won’t hurt) and enjoy while the 2008 slumbers. At about half the price of Ornellaia and one-third the cost of Sassacaia – not to mention more than $50 off the release price – this is an outstanding value.
“The 2009 Sammarco will thrill Rampolla fans who have some of the more structured vintages aging in the cellar. Layered and expressive, the 2009 is wonderfully open today. Grilled herbs, tar, licorice, black cherries and currants meld together in this seamless, voluptuous wine. I don't think I have ever tasted such a succulent, young Sammarco that delivers so much pleasure at this early stage. The recent increase in Merlot has done wonders to make Sammarco more accessible at a young age than in the past. This is a dazzling effort. Drink 2017-2034.” Antonio Galloni 95 points
- Castello Dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2006 Product #24154 (In Stock)
Rampolla is one of the best estates in Tuscany you’ve never heard of – and d’Alceo is their top wine. The 2006 released at $275 per bottle; clearly, we’re doing a little better than that.
"Castello dei Rampolla is one of the benchmark properties in Tuscany, and for good reason. At their finest, these are some of the most elegant, luscious wines readers will come across. The 2006 D’Alceo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, is a much tighter-wound wine than the Sammarco but it also seems to be holding back a lot more sheer density in reserve. Full-bodied, rich and monstrously tannic at this stage, it doesn’t taste too different than it did when I first sampled it from tank in November 2006! The wine possesses dazzling inner perfume, refined tannins that need time to emerge and exceptional overall balance. It is a fabulous effort from Rampolla. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031."Wine Advocate 96 points