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1998 Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d'Alceo

  • 92 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Regional Blend

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SKU: 60385-1998-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    A fine offering is the 1998 Vigna d'Alceo. An opaque purple-colored blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, and small quantities of Syrah and Petit Verdot, it is a large-scaled wine with exceptional elegance and complexity as well as more power and richness than the Sammarco. A sweet entry on the palate is followed by abundant quantities of smoky, complex, black currant fruit intermixed with lead pencil and vanillin flavors. Medium-bodied, beautifully knit, and suave, it possesses sweet tannin.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    A soft, subtle red. Wonderful aromas of blackberries and cherries, with hints of minerals. Medium- to full-bodied, with very soft tannins and a long, long finish. 1,250 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    Ruby with purple highlights. Powerful aromas of spicy blackberry and vanilla. Concentrated and structured on the palate, with forceful flavors of ripe cassis and sweet oak carrying through to the finish. Tannins are substantial but round. Not as seductive or caressing as the 1997 or, in particular, the 1996, but entirely convincing. The top wine of the house by now, from new, densely planted, terraced vineyards, but the first year, 1996, was distinctly better than the following two, which seems rather odd. (Vias Imports, New York, NY)
    Author: Daniel Thomases
    Issue: July/August 2000
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  • The estate is located to the south of Panzano, that glorious village in the "Conca d'Oro" valley that is haven - and heaven - for so many cool climate Chiantis and Super Tuscans. The estate, S. Lucia in Faulle, has been owned by the Di Napoli Rampolla family since 1739, but the first wines weren't produced until the 1970s. Today, Maurizia, and her brother Luca Di Napoli Rampolla manage the property with the expert guidance of agronomist and winemaker, Giacomo Tachis.

    The family practices a thorough biodynamic regimen (including the bulls' horns!) and follows the lunar cycles prescribed therein. The calcare and pyrite-laden soils are a key ingredient in what the terroir imparts to these exquisite wines. Manual harvesting, hand selection of the grapes, and primary (alcoholic) and secondary (malolactic) fermentation in barriques completes the transformation from mere grape juice into wines of tremendous proportions.

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    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 421 bottles owned
    • 58 collectors