- Castello Dei Rampolla Sammarco 2010 Product #29479 (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 2010 Sammarco is once again among the very top-rated wines of the vintage. Very limited, very well priced.
"Wow. The nose to this wine is truly wonderful with currant, berry, orange peel and minerals. Full body, firm, chewy tannins and an intense, beautiful finish. It goes on for minutes. So complex. A blend of cabernet sauvignon and sangiovese. Better in 2017." James Suckling 97 points
"The 2010 Sammarco is endowed with stunning depth and structure. Firm yet super-finessed tannins provide the backdrop as this fabulous, structured Sammarco shows off its pure class and pedigree. Today, the flavors are understandably very, very primary, but all the elements are in place for the 2010 to develop into an epic wine. This is a fabulous showing from Rampolla. Violets, savory herbs, menthol and lavender are some of the many notes that inform the finish. In 2010, Sammarco is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 5% Sangiovese. Drink 2020-2035." Antonio Galloni 98+ points
"The 2010 Sammarco Vino da Tavola is based on Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller parts Sangiovese and Merlot. The 2010 vintage is still very closed and will require ten years or more to blossom. What you get at this young stage in the wine’s life are tightly wound tones of bramble, wild berry, light spice, bacon fat and loads of vibrant medicinal herb. The mouthfeel shows a great degree of finesse and silkiness that will surely evolve in time to embrace an even finer texture. Give it time."Wine Advocate 96 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
- Castello Dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2008 Product #28344 (In Stock)
Perhaps the greatest vintage ever of one of Italy's benchmark super-Tuscan blends (Cabernet and Petite Verdot). Needs time, but will take your breath away if you can wait!
"Love this. Fabulous aromas of currants and blackberries. Hints of licorice, Indian spices and dried violets. Full-bodied, ultra-fine tannins and amazing fruit, yet so vibrant, racy and balanced. The structure of Margaux with the style of Rampolla. Best ever. Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. From organically grown grapes. Leave it for at least five or six years." James Suckling 100 points
"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. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033."Wine Advocate 96+ points