The 2014 d'Alceo is more in line with previous years than Sammarco. Deep, unctuous and super-powerful, the 2014 exudes richness and textural intensity from the very first taste. Readers will have to give the 2014 at least a few years in bottle to help some of the baby fat meld away. Inky blue/purplish berry fruit, sage, mint and lavender are some of the many notes that start to emerge as the wine sits in the glass. This is a terrific effort for the vintage. Vinous Reviewed by A. Galloni
Fruit for this wine always comes from the same vineyard site, and production was heavily reduced in this difficult vintage. If an average year sees 13,000 bottles made, only 6,200 bottles were made of the 2014 d'Alceo. This wine shows beautiful brightness and linearity with a polished, almost glossy texture that feels like silk on the palate. The wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a smaller part Petit Verdot. It offers a mid-weight texture with balanced tannins and acidity to seal the deal. Wine Advocate Reviewed by Monica Larner
Castello dei Rampolla:"...It is now twenty years since we began practising Biodynamic Agriculture and Philosophy. We realized that to work with nature it is worth taking the time to observe it. The so called “Terroir” is the unity and harmony of four elements: Earth, Air, Life and Humanity, so we focus on these..."
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Paying attention to the soil means understanding its needs. One has to help it to be self-sufficient, creating the conditions for it to obtain the nourishment it needs directly from the numerous plant and animal organisms that it hosts. It is now twenty years since we began practising Biodynamic Agriculture and Philosophy. We realized that to work with nature it is worth taking the time to observe it. The so called “Terroir” is the unity and harmony of four elements: Earth, Air, Life and Humanity, so we focus on these.
The connection between our two generations is summarized in one word: Research. Research that has continued since the 1970’s, when Alceo introduced vines which were “unusual” for the time, up until 2010, when Luca and Maurizia made the first wine without sulphites. There have been many stages in this research, and there will be many more to come for, we believe that man should be a never-ending force for growth.
Castello dei Rampolla
Via Case Sparse 22
Italien / Italy