2013 rampolla, alceo, igt
Why We're Buying
Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d'Alceo Toscana IGT is the ultimate snag for a wine investor’s portfolio. It’s one of the most coveted cabernet-petit verdot blends on the market, offering a quality, smooth profile and a reasonable price tag. As Antonio Galloni described the 2015 vintage, “d’Alceo is one of the epic wines.”
Aromas of pine, wild rosemary, black currant, iron and tar hold court in this dense, inky red. The tannins run roughshod on the finish, so cellar or tame with grilled beef or lamb. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2021 through 2033.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, the 2013 d'Alceo shows an inky dark appearance with impenetrable color saturation. This is another gorgeous wine from an estate I admire deeply. The fruit intensity peels off this wine with elegance, power and intensity. With similar momentum, the wine glides clear over the palate with silky and long intensity. There are some pungent or volatile notes (similar to what you find in the other wines), but they are a plus, not a minus. They give support and intensity to the wine's persuasive aromatic performance. This wine needs more time to unwind in the cellar.
Strawberry, plums, chocolate and green pepper frame this beautiful red. So much black currant too. Full-bodied with round, mouth-coating tannins. So much going on here. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Better in 2021.
Truffle, plum, mocha and pipe tobacco are some of the aromas you'll find on this compelling wine. A polished blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot, the smooth full-bodied palate delivers spiced blueberry, cassis, licorice and exotic spice framed in tightly knit ultrarefined tannins. Fresh acidity lends balance. Drink 2020–2033.