Castello Dei Rampolla

Vigna d'Alceo

2018
Tuscany
Italy
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Ca-STELL-o day Ram-POLL-a VEEN-ya dal-CHAY-o
Varietals
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
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GRAPE(S)
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
Chianti Classico, Tuscany
GRAPE VARIETAL(S)
Cabernet Sauvignon
Ca-ber-NAY So-vee-NYON
Cabernet Sauvignon origins are from the Gironde in southwest France, but is now planted across the world in climates that accommodate this late ripening grape. It is the dominant grape in wines made in Bordeaux’s Médoc and Graves regions. This small, thick-skinned grape, produces darkly colored wine, high in tannin and relatively high in acidity with hallmark aromas of blackcurrant and can stylistically change from austere in its youth to lush depending on the region, and winemaking style.
Petit Verdot
Pe-TEET Ver-DO
Petit Verdot is a late-ripening variety grown around the world, but most famously in Bordeaux variety as a blending agent. When ripe, it can add concentration, color, tannin and flavor, particularly spice to blends along with good acidity.
Country / State
Italy
Region
Tuscany
Producer
Castello Dei Rampolla
Vintage
2018
Castello dei Rampolla vineyard overviewCastello dei Rampolla vineyard overview

Castello dei Rampolla

Chianti Classico, Tuscany

The land that constitutes the estate of Castello dei Rampolla has been owned by the same family since 1739, but it was not until the 1960s that Alceo di Napoli Rampolla dreamt of making a great wine. With the help of Giacomo Tachis, the famed oenologist known as "the father of Super Tuscans,” Rampolla was one the first estates in Chianti to grow cabernet sauvignon for the purpose of blending with sangiovese. 

Castello dei Rampolla's vineyard Castello dei Rampolla's vineyard

The estate is biodynamic, where even work in the winery is done according to lunar cycles. Biodiversity is seen as critical, with flowers, grass, and even insects considered important parts of the ecosystem. Grass and herbs are allowed to grow wild in the vineyards, which they not only think brings oxygen and organic matter to the soil, but which also offers the practical benefit of retaining water and minimizing erosion. 

Castello di Rampolla’s two flagship wines are a tour de force in winemaking. The Sammarco is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, while the Vigna d’Alceo is a Bordeaux blend that is a standout in Italy and beyond. Both wines are layered, with an impeccable balance of power and nuance.