2019 Castello dei Rampolla Liu

Merlot - 1.5L
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WA 94 VN 94 JS 93 WS 93
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2021

(94+ points) The Castello dei Rampolla 2019 Liù is a relatively new wine (the first vintage made was the 2018) and a pure expression of Merlot. The wine is generously endowed with lots of fruit flavor and a distinctive...
VN 94

Vinous, September 2021

The 2019 Merlot Liu' is another outrageously beautiful wine from Rampolla. Deep, inky and explosive, the 2019 possesses tremendous energy to match its purity of fruit. Blueberry, spice, leather, menthol and espresso build...
JS 93

jamessuckling.com, October 2021

Berries, cherries and violets with some black-olive and black-truffle notes. Very complex. Medium-to full-bodied with linear tannins that are polished and fine, running through the center palate. Tight at the end. Very...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, June 2022

Bright and pure, this red exudes raspberry, cherry, floral and earth aromas and flavors. Elegant and alluring, offering fine balance and a long, fruit-filled aftertaste, with a hint of tobacco peeking through. Merlot...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Vintage 2019
Size 1.5L
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

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.

The 2019 Castello dei Rampolla Liu is a captivating red wine from Tuscany, Italy that showcases the beauty and complexity of the Merlot varietal. With its deep red color and enticing aromas, this wine is sure to captivate both the novice and seasoned wine enthusiasts.

Upon pouring, the 2019 Liu reveals a stunning hue that immediately catches the eye. Delicate aromas of berries, cherries, and violets dance on the nose, accompanied by intriguing notes of black olive and black truffle. This aromatic symphony creates a sense of depth and complexity that sets the stage for the tasting experience to come.

On the palate, the Liu displays a medium-to-full body, with linear tannins that are polished and fine. These tannins elegantly run through the center palate, offering a structured and balanced mouthfeel. As the wine unfolds, it reveals its tight, yet pretty and racy character, leaving a lasting impression.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded the 2019 Liu an impressive 93 points, praising its complexity and noting its potential for further aging. He recommends enjoying this wine after 2023, allowing it to develop and evolve.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also lauds this wine, awarding it 94+ points. They describe the Liu as a pure expression of Merlot, bursting with fruit flavors and a distinctive punchiness. The wine exhibits a mid-weight approach, showcasing summer fresh cherry, plum, and other purple fruits. Its vivid and bright personality makes it an instant attraction, whether enjoyed immediately or aged to perfection.

Vinous echoes the praise, awarding the 2019 Liu an impressive 94 points. They describe it as "outrageously beautiful," with tremendous energy, purity of fruit, and a potent, tannic finish. The wine displays notes of blueberry, spice, leather, menthol, and espresso, creating a harmonious and complex flavor profile.

Wine Spectator also joins in the acclaim, awarding the Liu 93 points. They highlight its bright and pure character, with raspberry, cherry, floral, and earth aromas and flavors. The wine is elegant and alluring, offering fine balance and a long, fruit-filled aftertaste, with a hint of tobacco emerging.

The 2019 Castello dei Rampolla Liu is a wine that truly embodies the essence of Merlot. Its complexity, balance, and potential for aging make it a standout choice for any wine enthusiast seeking a remarkable Tuscany red wine experience.