Readers should do whatever they can to get their hands on a few bottles of the 2013 d’Alceo. Seamless and voluptuous in the glass, it is an epic wine that embodies all the qualities that make these terraced vineyards in Panzano so special. Blackberry jam, crème de cassis, plum, licorice and spice meld together in the glass, but it is the wine’s textural intensity that elevates it into the realm of the profound. The 2013 has been nothing short of moving on the two occasions I tasted it recently.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2043
Robert Parker 94
“Made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, the 2013 d’Alceo shows an inky dark appearance with impenetrable color saturation. This is another gorgeous wine from an estate I admire deeply. The fruit intensity peels off this wine with elegance, power and intensity. With similar momentum, the wine glides clear over the palate with silky and long intensity. There are some pungent or volatile notes (similar to what you find in the other wines), but they are a plus, not a minus. They give support and intensity to the wine’s persuasive aromatic performance. This wine needs more time to unwind in the cellar.”
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035