D'Alceo is a single vineyard. The name is in honor of Maurizia and Luca Di Napoli’s late father Alceo, who planted the vineyard. While Sammarco is a pioneer in the Super-Tuscan establishment, Castello dei Rampolla’s d’Alceo—which debuted in 1996 as Vigna d’Alceo —has undeniably attracted greater attention. Its 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—with a lush density that belies the wine’s serious structure. Petit Verdot's contribution—unusual in the Super-Tuscan genre—renders d'Alceo more potent than the most power-hungry of cult Cabernets, imparting a sleek and spicy dimension.
Owner: Maurizia and Luca Di Napoli
Winemaker: Maurizia di Napoli
Type: Red wine
Varietals: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15 % Petit Verdot
Vineyard Location: Panzano
Elevation: 380 m a.s.l.
Vines Planted: 1993 - 2000
Trellising: Bush (Alberello)
Manual harvest of fields that have undergone no chemical treatment. The harvest follows the lunar calendar. Alcoholic fermentation is performed in concrete vats (7 days at 28-30 °C). Skin maceration for 30 days.
14-16 months in French oak barriques (no toast/medium toast), and tonneaux of 500 L. 24 months in the bottle before the release.
Color: Deep purple
Bouquet: Espresso, sweet melted licorice, black currant jam, tobacco and toasty oak
Flavor: Full-bodied, with refined tannins
Pairings: Perfect with game, chicken, turkey, ham, aged cheese and mushrooms
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Serving Temperature: 57-62°F
Production: 14,500 bts