Morrell & Co. Wine Catalog

FALL 2018

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xxx 112 | MORRELL FINE WINE AND SPIRITS V ISIT u S AT MORRELLWINE .c OM cALL 800.96.WINES (800.969.4637) i n their estate vineyards in Panzano, which line the famed Conca d' o ro (Chianti's Golden Basin), Castello dei Rampolla practices an entirely biodynamic, almost spiritual approach, with minimal intervention in the cellar. What's more, they were one of the first producers in Tuscany to begin experimenting with terra cotta amphorae, an ancient technique for aging wine that also rejects using sulfur during the winemaking process. Yet, with everything they have achieved, nothing can compare to the positive effects of their hard work on the flagship wine of the estate, the v igna d'Alceo. The vines for Alceo were planted in 1990, and have only ever been farmed biodynamically. Yet, over the years, l uca and m aurizia have chosen to dial back on the time the wine spends in barrel, as well as the percentage of new wood. They have also increased the size of their barrels to 500-liter tonneaux. As a result, d'Alceo emerges as a Cabernet Sauvignon dominated blend that flaunts its Tuscan terroir in style, yet with remarkable purity. Where can they go from here? It's hard to say, especially since the 2013 received a perfect score. ✦ Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d' a lceo Toscana i GT 2013 VM 100 » $205 "Readers should do whatever they can to get their hands on a few bottles of the 2013 d'Alceo. Seamless and voluptuous...it is an epic wine..." Antonio Galloni (1561427) Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d' a lceo Toscana i GT 2011 VM 97 » $125 "The 2011 d'Alceo is fascinating...I expect the 2011 will provide readers with a long drinking window of pure pleasure." Antonio Galloni (1561424) S P i R i T ua L Pe RF e CT i ON Castello d ei Rampolla is one of the most forward- thinking and exciting properties in Tuscany today. Brother and sister, Luca and Maurizia di Napoli, have been trendsetters in the Chianti region for quite some time.

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