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 Advocate 94 points - Castello dei Rampolla’s 2003 D’Alceo (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot) is another ripe, powerful wine packed with layers of super-ripe, opulent fruit, graphite, licorice and tar supported by a firm, classic structure that will require time to fully come together. It is sweeter and riper than the Sammarco, and its more supple personality works well to balance the wine’s structural components. As with the 2004s, the D’Alceo seems to have a slight edge in terms of its overall balance. The 2003 is a stunning effort. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023. 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. (Jun 2007)
Wine Spectator 90 points - Very ripe and rich, almost cooked. Plum, raisin and spice aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with a long, chewy finish. A bit loosely knit. Best after 2007. 1,185 cases made. –JS (Oct 31 2005)