Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15 % Petit Verdot

 

100 Points from Vinous

Readers should do whatever they can to get their hands on a few bottles of the 2013 d'Alceo. Seamless and voluptuous in the glass, it is an epic wine that embodies all the qualities that make these terraced vineyards in Panzano so special. Blackberry jam, crème de cassis, plum, licorice and spice meld together in the glass, but it is the wine's textural intensity that elevates it into the realm of the profound. The 2013 has been nothing short of moving on the two occasions I tasted it recently.

 

96 Points from Wine Enthusiast

Truffle, plum, mocha and pipe tobacco are some of the aromas you'll find on this compelling wine. A polished blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot, the smooth full-bodied palate delivers spiced blueberry, cassis, licorice and exotic spice framed in tightly knit ultrarefined tannins. Fresh acidity lends balance. Drink 2020–2033. Cellar Selection

96 Points from James Suckling

Strawberry, plums, chocolate and green pepper frame this beautiful red. So much black currant too. Full-bodied with round, mouth-coating tannins. So much going on here. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Better in 2021.

 

95 Points from Wine Spectator

Aromas of pine, wild rosemary, black currant, iron and tar hold court in this dense, inky red. The tannins run roughshod on the finish, so cellar or tame with grilled beef or lamb. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2021 through 2033.

 

94 Points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, the 2013 d'Alceo shows an inky dark appearance with impenetrable color saturation. This is another gorgeous wine from an estate I admire deeply. The fruit intensity peels off this wine with elegance, power and intensity. With similar momentum, the wine glides clear over the palate with silky and long intensity. There are some pungent or volatile notes (similar to what you find in the other wines), but they are a plus, not a minus. They give support and intensity to the wine's persuasive aromatic performance. This wine needs more time to unwind in the cellar.

 

Winemaker Notes

Deep purple color. Espresso, sweet melted licorice, black currant jam, tobacco and toasty oak notes on the nose. The palate is full-bodied, with refined tannins.

Perfect with game, chicken, turkey, ham, aged cheese and mushrooms.

2013 Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo

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