- Castello Dei Rampolla Sammarco 2011 Product #31127 (In Stock)
What's Italy's greatest Cabernet-based Supertuscan? Over the past few years, one could make a case for Castello dei Rampolla's Sammarco and d'Alceo over more famous names like Sassicaia and Ornellia. The 2011 Sammarco is once again among the very top-rated wines of the vintage. An outstanding deal, if limited.
"Aromas of tar, chilis, raspberries and dark chocolate follow through to a full body with super velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Need three years to soften. Another superb blend of sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon from the organic estate in Panzano. Try in 2018." James Suckling 95 points
"The 2011 Sammarco is so youthful it almost tastes like a barrel sample! Dark, rich and inviting, the 2011 possesses notable concentration and depth, with round yet powerful tannins and a surprising level of freshness for the year. A host of black cherry, graphite, smoke, plum and lavender notes accompany the powerful finish. It will be quite some time before the 2011 is ready to drink, but there is plenty to look forward to." Vinous (Galloni) 95+ points
"The fullness and generosity here is absolutely amazing. The 2011 Sammarco is one of the protagonists of this vintage. In fact, I think Sammarco represents the hot 2011 growing season better than any other wine from the Chianti Classico area. The bend this year is 94% Sangiovese with 6% Merlot (the breakdown between the two grapes is usually 90-10) and the wine is fermented with ambient yeasts. The bouquet is beautifully redolent of dark berry fruit, soft spice, licorice and cola. The wine's overall elegance and length are both impressive. Drink 2015-2029"Wine Advocate 94+ points
- Castello Dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2006 Product #24154 (In Stock)
Named to honor Castello dei Rampolla, Alceo Rampolla, this Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot blend is one of the most respected, sought-after, and highly rated wines in all of Italy. The 2006 is a bit of a monster and remains locked-down tight now, but the potential here is huge.
"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
"Shows beautiful aromas and flavors of currant, toasty oak, tobacco and licorice. Full and very polished, with a wonderful finish. A gorgeous young wine. Layered and structured."Wine Spectator 98 points