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Vigna d'Alceo
 
Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d'Alceo:
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The first generation of Super-Tuscans— Sassicaia, Ornellaia, and Solaia—seems to brand its prowess with that signature “aia.” The Super-Tuscan line only begins there, though. Several of the second generation have taken a place right beside these legends, with Castello dei Rampolla’s Sammarco quietly leading the reign of the descendants. Castello dei Rampolla’s founder, Alceo di Napoli Rampolla, was a foremost advocate of Cabernet, prominently celebrated in Sammarco, a predominantly Cabernet-based blend (95% Cabernet Sauvignon & 5% Sangiovese) that he conceived in cooperation with Giacomo Tachis (Sassicaia, Solaia, Argiano). While Alceo endured fierce criticism for advocating the synergy between the Panzano area of Chianti and the varietal of Cabernet Sauvignon, his position was vindicated in the debut Sammarco’s (1980) critical reception.

In 1996, the di Napolis introduced Vigna d’Alceo (Alceo’s Vineyard) in homage to their late father. The grapes for this cru wine are grown exclusively in the Alceo vineyard located in Greve, one of the five original townships for the production of Chianti.

While Sammarco has become part of the Super-Tuscan establishment, d’Alceo’s intense marriage of opulence and power has given it cult status, placing it in the realm of Masseto and Messorio. No other in its class achieves such a stunning and provocative expression—delivering a lush density that belies the wine’s intricate and profoundly serious structure. More potent than the most power-hungry of cult Cabernets, d’Alceo acquires a sleek and spicy dimension from a small percentage of Petit Verdot—giving it a character that simply eludes pure Cabs.


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Wine: Super-Tuscan
Producer: Castello dei Rampolla
Varietal(s): Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
Region: Toscana
Province: Firenze
Commune: Greve in Chianti
Altitude: 360 meters
Exposure: South, Southwest
Classification: Toscana IGT
First Year: 1996
Bottle Production: 20,000

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Vintages
2004 Vigna d'Alceo
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