Castello dei Rampolla vestiges an effortless prototype of French varietals, 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot, and like Sassicaia and Ornellaia, it marries power with elegance, opulence with restraint. It is the acme of what Tuscany can do with the best grapes of Bordeaux. A long list of adjectives are required to express the complexity of flavours D’Alceo exhibits - espresso, melted liquorice, blackcurrant jam, porcini mushroom, chestnuts, mulberry, flavours that appear so intense in power, yet the mouthfeel seems effortless. D’Alceo has a cult status similar to Masseto, yet its ascent to global stardom is just beginning, it is the critics’ choice and we recommend it highly for consumption and investment. Rampolla d’Alceo is one of the finest wines in Tuscany, incredibly rewarding, and one of our favourite Bordeaux blends from anywhere.
97 Points - James Suckling Lots of richness here, but there’s always balance and focus with blackberry and chocolate character and hazelnut undertones. Bark, too. It’s full-bodied, but tight and focused at the end. Always a great wine. From organically grown grapes. Drink after 2024.
97 Points - Wine Spectator This elegant red features cherry and black currant flavors interwoven with its silky texture. Tobacco and spice accents add complexity as this unfurls to a lingering aftertaste of fruit, mineral and savory elements. Firmly built and still young. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2035.
97 Points - Vinous The 2016 D'Alceo combines unctuous intensity with pure, raw power. It won't be ready to drink until age ten, at least, but there is plenty to look forward to. With a few hours of air, the fruit and breadth both start to emerge. Inky blueberry, lavender, cloves, leather and licorice are some of the many nuances that build over time. Drinking window: 2024-2041.
96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The Castello dei Rampolla 2016 d'Alceo is an extra dark and brooding expression of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot in a supporting role. The wine sits firmly on the palate, imparting weight, staying power and extra heat. In fact, some sort of bistecca alla Fiorentina or otherwise succulent grilled meat pairing is what comes immediately to mind. The immense power of the wine rumbles and trembles in the glass, figuratively speaking, revealing dried blackberry, prune and black cherry confit. This 2016 vintage shows impressive clarity and focus both on the nose and in the mouth. Drink 2022 - 2040.
96 Points - Wine Enthusiast A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, this compelling wine opens with enticing aromas of ripe dark-skinned fruit, new leather, pipe tobacco and menthol. Chewy and delicious, the palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry, star anise and baking spice framed in firm, refined tannins. It's full bodied, with a weightless elegance and a crushed mint finish. Drink 2022–2028.
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