CASTELLO DEI RAMPOLLA

Castello dei Rampolla is a family-run wine estate in the Conca d'Oro valley in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. It is known for its Super Tuscan wines, Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo.

Sammarco is perhaps the best known and was first produced in 1980, after early vintages of Sassicaia impressed Alceo di Napoli, Castello di Rampolla's owner. It is based on Cabernet Sauvignon with a percentage of Sangiovese and Merlot, and is aged for 12-15 months in oak barrels, and then for another two years in bottle before release. Vigna d'Alceo, the range-topper with respect to price, was created in 1996 by Alceo's children Luca and Maurza to honor his passing.

The portfolio also includes a Chianti Classico, which is the workhorse wine in terms of output. The final red is the Sangiovese di S. Lucia, a varietal wine made in small quantities without sulfur additions and aged for a year in terracotta amphorae. An "orange" Trebbiano is also aged for a year in amphorae, and a passito dessert wine from Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer completes the range.

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