1999 Rampolla, Castello dei Vigna d'Alceo IGT
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • WA 99
  • IWC 96
  • WS 95

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$185.94

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Reg: $199.94

$185.94

This product is
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WA 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2001
The monumental 1999 Vigna d'Alceo is a 20000-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... The monumental 1999 Vigna d'Alceo is a 20000-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. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2025. Bravo!
IWC 96
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, February 2002
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... 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.
WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 2001
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... 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. Best after 2005. 1690 cases made. -JS
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Vintage 1999

Label

Vigna d’Alceo is Castello dei Rampolla’s first biodynamic wine. It represents a union between the two generations of the Castello dei Rampolla winery: Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot as the founder Alceo, wished and biodynamic as his children, Luca and Maurizia, practice.

The wine is fermented in concrete, then aged in 500L barrels for 12-15 months and in bottle for 18-24. It fully reflects the character of the vineyard from which it originates. It is intense, warm, refined and elegant.Well-ripened red fruits blend perfectly with delicate notes of cigar and tobacco - an amazing concentration with no heaviness.

Winery

Rampolla, Castello dei

Castello dei Rampolla is a family-run wine estate located in the southern valley of Chianti Classico known as the “Conca d’Oro,” the Golden Basin. The land on which it stands has been owned by the di Napoli Rampolla family since 1739.

The estate produced its first bottles of Chianti Classico in 1975. The first bottles of Sammarco, a Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and Sangiovese, were released in 1982. Castello dei Rampolla began practicing biodynamic farming in 1994, producing their first biodynamic wine, D’Alceo, in 1996.