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Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico 2018

Red Blend from Tuscany, Italy, Greve UGA, Chianti Classico


$64ea in any 3+
$61ea in any 6+
Closure: Cork
Is it traditional Chianti Classico? No. Is it bloody good? YES!! A cooler year than 2016 delivery a refined personality.


Wow! Talk about personality. Many in Chianti just can’t get the blend with Cab and Merlot right. Castello dei Rampolla are smashing it. Thirst quenching with beautiful juicy fruit and acid. The tannins of the Cabernet come through, they’re edgy, and, wonderfully so. Will be great to see this in 5 years time! Subtly layered oak.

Like 2016 this is a wild crazy beast with a soft side to it yet with more restraint. Excellent length of fruit with a perfume that is so beautiful.

The 2018 Chianti Classico is fabulous. Deep, rich and super-expressive, the 2018 captures the essence of the house style, with a dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon that adds both complexity and structural intensity. Black cherry, plum, licorice, lavender and dried herbs are kicked up a few notches. This is an especially rich style for the year, but it works so well.

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 93 Points

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

Luca di Napoli visited Wine Decoded HQ in Feb 2020 to share a little wisdom, the history of Castello dei Rampolla and a delicious suite of vino. Enjoy the 🎧 podcast below! 🎥 Video coming soon!

There is plenty to like in these new releases from Castello dei Rampolla. Two thousand seventeen was a rough year. Frost in May, hail in August, and hot, dry conditions during the rest of the season had the cumulative effect of reducing the crop by 50%. Rampolla releases their top wines later than most so the current vintage for the dual flagships Sammarco and d’Alceo is 2015. Both wines are incredibly pure and nuanced. Readers will find an unusually open Sammarco in 2015 because of higher percentage of Merlot than has been the norm here. Sustainable farming, minimal intervention in the cellar and great dirt result in some of the most compelling wines of Tuscany, and the world, for that matter. Antonio Galloni

Chianti Classico embodies the intensity and freshness of our territory. The austere elegance of Sangiovese is enhanced by the addition of variable percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

The result is a wine, which is fresh, but also intense, fruity, full bodied and balanced. It has a good acidity and a lingering taste.


8 months: concrete tanks
12 months: oak barrels 12 HL
no toast / medium toast
6 months: bottle

About Castello dei Rampolla

Historical Perspective by Antonio Galloni:

The di Napoli family has owned Rampolla since 1739. Alceo di Napoli inherited the estate in 1965. At the time, Rampolla was essentially a summer residence. Wheat, olive trees and other mixed crops were cultivated, but there were no vineyards. “Alceo di Napoli was a man of extraordinary humility,” Piero Antinori told me recently. “He loved the land. After seeing the potential of the vineyards, we helped him get started and bought some of the first grapes off the property. We were very close in the early days.”

In 1975, Rampolla began making and bottling their own wines under the guidance of legendary oenologist Giacomo Tachis, whose influence is still widely felt. Tragically, Alceo di Napoli passed away unexpectedly in 1991. Di Napoli’s second son, Luca, returned to the estate in 1994 and today manages the property alongside his sister, Maurizia.

Note the concrete vats in the background in the last part of the video.

Where in the World is Castello dei Rampolla?

Castello dei Rampolla is located in Panzano’s famous Conca d’Oro or ‘golden basin” district, an amphitheater of striking, pristine hillside vineyards. Rampolla’s neighbors include Fontodi, Cafaggio, La Massa, L’Orcio, Le Cinciole and Gagliole’s Valletta estate. The map below, prepared exclusively for Vinous by renowned cartographer Alessandro Masnaghetti, provides an overview of the area. The vineyards of Panzano, technically a sub-zone of Greve, are all shown in blue. Rampolla’s vineyards are highlighted in orange. The three strips at the northwest corner of the property are the three d’Alceo terraces. Note that Rampolla directly faces Fontodi across the valley.

92 Points

The Castello dei Rampolla 2018 Chianti Classico shows some softness and extra ripeness with dark fruit and plum followed by savory smoke and spice. This wine is an expression of the one and only Panzano in Chianti, a promising subzone in the larger Chianti Classico appellation with panoramic views awash in soft golden light at the end of each glorious day. To the palate, the wine delivers rich, mid-weight intensity with more textured and succulent flavors to follow. This wine is just lovely, especially when tasted right out of the gate when those cherry and blackberry tones are at their brightest.

Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate

Where in the world does the magic happen?

Castello dei Rampolla, Greve in Chianti, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

Chianti Classico
Greve UGA