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Debuting New Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco, Vigna d’Alceo, and Chianti Classico!
December 6, 2019
A Note from Sergio

One thing about Italian winemakers: they know how to grow international varietals while staying true to their land. Planted on Italian soil by Napoleon's army, as well as by Florentine merchants, so-called "international" grapes are inextricable from Italian winemaking. Toscana's rolling hills and cooling Mediterranean breezes are perfect for growing these grapes, and swarms of English on holiday instantly recognized and sought out the easily recognizable wines made from familiar Bordeaux grapes. Even Tuscan cuisine--thick slices of bruschetta lightly rubbed with garlic and topped with lardo, vegetable and stale bread ribollita, pencil-thick pici pasta dressed in a boar ragu, and the classic bistecca Fiorentina--fit not only the lush and savory Sangiovese but also the more tannic Cabernet Sauvignon, peppery Cabernet Franc or dark-fruited Merlot.

Castello dei Rampolla perfected its Chianti Classico long before it chose to make an internationally appealing wine. Estate founder Alceo di Napoli was in love with the Super-Tuscan classic Sassicaia, and in 1980, he was inspired to create Sammarco, a Bordeax-styled Super Tuscan. After his death, his children created the blockbuster Vigna d'Alceo to honor him. These two Castello dei Rampolla Super-Tuscans feature Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot (along with Sangiovese), and they have attained cult status. Today, I'm proud debut three Castello dei Rampolla releases: its sublime 2015 Sammarco; its muscular and rich 2015 Vigna d'Alceo; and its sappy, delectable 2017 Chianti Classico. These three wines are gorgeous, and I know you're going to love them.

The holiday season is in full swing, and IWM's 2019 Gift Guide has something for all your favorite wine-lovers--enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Time Sensitive Offer: A Trio of Superb New Releases from Castello dei Rampolla!
2. Wine Events: Upcoming December Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco 2015 750ml
Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco 2015 750ml
Price: $99.00

The ’15 Sammarco dances with the grace and power of Baryshnikov, melding impactful intensity with sheer finesse in a breathtaking union. Crisp red and brooding blue fruits layer with pressed fresh herbs, sun-warmed rocks, crushed flower petals, new leather and charcuterie in this wine’s dazzling nose. Pure fruits echo on the palate, where they fuse seamlessly with the wine’s fine-grained tannins, keen acidity, and thrumming mineral bass. You’re going to want to drink this entrancing, textured Sammarco right away (and you can with liberal decanting), but five years in the cellar will show the wine’s true beauty. A blend of biodynamically grown Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Merlot (30%) and Sangiovese (5%) in 2015, grapes vinify separately for three months in concrete, and the Cabernet and Merlot age in a combination of barrique and vat, while the Sangiovese ages in barrique, for between 12 and 15 months before blending and resting for 18 to 24 months in bottle. more info
Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d'Alceo 2015 750ml
Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d'Alceo 2015 750ml
Price: $199.99

Big, brooding, and powerful, the ’15 d’Alceo roars out of the glass in a profusion of brambly blue and purple fruits, Mediterranean scrub, charcoal, balsamic herbs, licorice, and a touch of grilled meat. This intense wine fills the mouth with chewy tannins and copious dry extract, but a nimble thread of acidity and a solid mineral core keep it supple and lively. Sweet, super-ripe fruits, savory underpinnings, dizzying complexity, and massive structure mark the ’15 d’Alceo as a contender for wine of the vintage. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% Petit Verdot, this biodynamic Super Tuscan ferments for three months in concrete with only natural yeasts; the wine ages for 12 to 15 months in tonneaux, followed by 18 to 24 months in bottle before release. more info