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1999 Rampolla - Vigna d'Alceo

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  • 99 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • Variety
    Regional Blend
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SKU: 60385-1999-750-3A
  • Rating: 96

    ($175; 85% cabernet sauvignon and 15% petite verdot) Saturated full garnet. Powerful but focused aromas of blackberry, licorice, mint, sweet oak and India ink that are framed by a seamless structure and plump tannins. This extraordinary wine displays great persistence and depth, and the long aftertaste conveys a rich sense of minerality. There can be no more striking example of the difference between the '98 and '99 vintages: as good as the '98 Sammarco is, and it is very good indeed, it doesn't match the sheer granite-like intensity of the '99 Vigna d'Alceo in spite of the fact that the grapes originate mostly from the same vineyards.
    Author: Edward Beltrami
    Issue: January/February 2002
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    The monumental 1999 Vigna d'Alceo is a 20,000-bottle cuvee of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Sangiovese aged in oak. It boasts an exceptionally provocative nose of liquid minerals, graphite, plums, creme de cassis, and cherry liqueur. It is fabulously concentrated yet remarkably light on its feet, with medium to full body, sweet tannin, and layer upon layer of flavor nuances. There is plenty of glycerin in this rich, but neither heavy nor overbearing effort. This is a thrilling tour de force! However, it requires cellaring.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Wow. Dark ruby, with intense aromas of blackberries, cherries and tar. Full-bodied, with wonderfully well-integrated tannins and a long, smoky licorice and berry aftertaste. Sensational. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. 1,690 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Very refined/polished. Furry tanins and perhaps a little reticent on the nose at first. However, it expands into a classy (very Bordeaux in character) seamless drink with a long sustained finish.
    Author: taipanli
  • Self | Rating: 95

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    Drink Dates: 2005-2025
    Author: Tallydoc
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Opened up nicely with some air. Bordeaux like nose. Very smooth with no harsh edges. still quite young. Probably jumped the gun on this wine.
    Author: Tbone200
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.

See other similar producers:Conti Costanti,Tenuta La Poderina

The rolling hills of Tuscany are home to ancient vines that grew wild long before modern times. Sangiovese is the variety of the region's best-known wines, Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti. In recent years, “Super Tuscans"—blends including non-native Bordeaux varieties—have gained in popularity and acclaim. The region's Mediterranean climate, with its warmer average temperatures, provides ideal conditions for the development of rich, structured, and age-worthy wines. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 522 bottles owned
  • 84 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 84 collectors)