2011 Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo Toscana IGT
Deep ruby with purple hues, overflowing with a hypnotizing mix of blackberry, crushed red rocks, and violets hinting at garrigue and leather. Dense, lush, and concentrated on the attack, packed with black- and red-fruit preserves, elegantly braced by a slightly dusty Tuscan-tannin backbone. Drink now or lay this one down for a decade — when the fireworks really begin.
97 Points Vinous/Antonio Galloni
The 2011 d’Alceo is fascinating to taste next to the Sammarco, as it is much more open-knit, silky and expressive. Cherry jam, pomegranate, spice and new leather flesh out in the glass. The integration of fruit, tannin and acidity is further along than in the Sammarco. The 2011 d’Alceo should open up pretty early, which should be welcome news to readers cellaring some of the more tannic vintages. I expect the 2011 will provide readers with a long drinking window of pure pleasure. (September 2015)
97 Points James Suckling
This is very firm and dense with fantastic structure and a superb depth of fruit and silky tannins. Full body showing a core of ripe fruit featuring currants and blackberries. Minerals and fresh mushrooms to add. Better in 2018.