The color is a deep purple with the flavor of espresso, sweet melted licorice, black currant jam, tobacco and toasty oak. Full-bodied, with super refined tannins There is great intensity, superb purity, and a finish that lingers for nearly a minute. Perfect with wild meat, chicken, turkey, ham, aged cheese and mushrooms.
Wine Spectator 96 RP95 points - The 2004 D’Alceo (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot) is even better. It is deceptively rounder and softer than the Sammarco in its expression of cassis, minerals, licorice and sweet, dark fruit. Despite the lushness of its fruit there is plenty of structure lurking underneath, and it will require significant patience before offering its finest drinking. It is one of the highlights of the vintage. 2014-2026. High-density vineyards, biodynamic farming and low yields are the hallmarks of the wines of Castello dei Rampolla, located in the prestigious Conca d’Oro in Panzano. Despite its elegant name Castello di Rampolla is a small, family-run property with a decidedly artisanal approach to working in both the vineyards and the cellar. The estate produces big, concentrated wines with imposing tannic structures that have proven to be extremely ageworthy.
Displays gorgeous, focused aromas of blackberry, currant and sandalwood. Full-bodied and tightly wound, with velvety tannins and a long finish of mineral, light fresh rosemary and currant. Solid as a rock. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best after 2011. 1,230 cases made. –JS