- Castello Dei Rampolla Chianti Classico 2011 Product #28167 (In Stock)
With Fontodi, Felsina, and Querciabella, this is always one of Chianti's best. There's a silky juiciness to the wine that makes it hard to resist right now, but it's likely to peak in 2015 and last through 2021. Outstanding value in elite-level Chianti.
"The 2011 Chianti Classico is a great introduction to the wines of Rampolla. Much more structured than most wines of the year, the 2011 nevertheless has plenty of radiance and voluptuousness in its dark, resonant fruit. Sweet floral and deeply pitched spice notes add lift on the beautiful, delineated finish. This is a fairly approachable vintage for the Chianti Classico, but another year or two in bottle should help the tannins soften a touch." Antonio Galloni 91 points
- 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 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