2011 Castello dei Rampolla 'Vigna d'Alceo'
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $114.94 (reg. $179.94)
"Rampolla is one of the most fascinating wineries in Tuscany, and Italy, for that matter. The relentless pursuit of excellence is evident in these spectacular wines." - Antonio Galloni
Castello dei Rampolla is a benchmark estate in Tuscany known for their “relentless pursuit of excellence” and has earned no less praise from Parker as “one of my favorite Tuscan producers.” Taste a wine like Vigna d’Alceo and all the over-hyped, over-marketed nonsense surrounding the ‘super-Tuscan’ brand flies out the window, it’s just that good.
Vigna d’Alceo is the estate's single-vineyard blend of 85% Cabernet and 15% Petite Verdot, and with the warmer 2011 vintage, the early picking schedule helped bring exceptional balance to this wine. Vigna d’Alceo has an outstanding track record in the cellar, and while like other ‘11s in Tuscany it may drink well relatively early, this is one is still built to last. Better yet, we've got it for over 35% off!
Castello dei Rampolla is one those rare estates that is as well known for their Bordeaux style Super-Tuscan as they are for straight Sangiovese. Add to that their role as a trendsetter for organic/biodynamic viticulture in Tuscany and you have a winery that delivers phenomenal, forward looking wines year after year. Their 2011 Vigna d'Alceo is "a stunning blend" with "a long drinking window of pure pleasure."
While the 2011 Vigna d’Alceo is “open-knit, silky and expressive”, it still demands a good amount of patience to get the full potential out of this bottle. Savvy lovers of Tuscan wine will likely need no convincing, but with a killer price, no matter who you are, this is a no-brainer vintage to stock up on and enjoy for decades. Cheers!