Dark raspberries, cloves, menthol and crushed rocks wrap around the palate in the 2007 d’Alceo. Rich, voluptuous and sexy, the 2007 is very much a product of a vintage that yielded a crop of resonant, generous wines. The ripe, silky tannins will make the 2007 accessible relatively early, but it also has more than enough depth to age well for years. Today, the flavors are naturally still quite primary and there is still quite a bit of baby fat that has to melt off before the 2007 enters its prime drinking window. Still, there is a lot to like, including the wine’s huge, palate-staining finish. Grace meets power in the 2007. In a word: dazzling!
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2023
Robert Parker 98
The 2007 d’Alceo shows none of the Sammarco’s early appeal. It is a dark, inward wine imbued with black fruit, roasted coffee beans, grilled herbs and licorice, all of which build effortlessly towards the huge, explosive finish. This exquisite d’Alceo will require significant patience. d’Alceo remains a model of the level French varieties can reach in Tuscany. In 2007 the blend is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2032. This is a stunning set of wines from Castello di Rampolla. The 2007s are some of the finest wines I have ever tasted from this reference point winery. Despite all of their success, the Di Napoli family continues to work towards improving quality. The estate has significantly reduced the amount of time the Sammarco and d’Alceo spend in oak to 12 months and dropped new oak levels down to around 1/3rd, while holding the wines back longer in bottle, all decisions that are allowing the fruit from these phenomenal sites to be incredibly expressive and delineated. With the 2009s, some of the wines are fermented in cement. Back to the future? Perhaps, but there is no denying the superb quality of the estate’s top 2007s. These are dazzling wines by any measure. Importer: Vias Imports, New York, NY; tel. (212) 629-0200
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2032