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2019 Castello dei Rampolla Liu Merlot

Tuscany, Italy

Tuscan Merlot raised in amphora that will surprise and delight with vivid black fruit, wild perfume and a savoury close.

HIGH SCORE

$128.00

About
Love this wine. Earth, new leather, black olives, blueberry and fresh blackberry, with a dried flower perfume above.

Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

About The wine

Crafted from 100% Merlot, Liu is unusual for the region but a quick look at the raft of positive reviews shows this is a wine that has captured the hearts of a wide and varied crowd.

The fruit was picked early and fermented and raised in amphora. The result is complex and spicy fruit, nuanced aromas and a slightly natural lean whilst maintaining perfect structure and clarity.

It will prove a pleasant surprise for a broad spectrum of drinkers, we love it and think you will too.

About Castello Dei Rampolla

Castello dei Rampolla is a 100-acre estate in Santa Lucia in Faulle, in the valley of the “Conca d’Oro”, south of Panzano in Chianti. According to Christian and Orthodox tradition it bears the name of a Saint who came there around the time of the winter solstice, so as to bring light and life to the Earth.

It has been owned by the Di Napoli Rampolla family since the beginning of the 18th century. They have cultivated their vineyards biodynamically since 1994 and strive to produce great wines that reflect the philosophy of the winery and the place they come from.

Spectacular Castello dei Rampolla
Spectacular Castello dei Rampolla
Chianti, Italy
Additional Info

From The Producer

Liù is a red wine 100% Merlot.

It is harvested very soon to reach a high expression of purity and slimness, with a deep complexity.

The soil’s freshness and the good agronomic practices, guarantee a gradual maturation of the grapes also in a very hot season.

Blend : Merlot (100%)
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2032
Bottle Size : 750ml

White wine in egg fermenter
White wine in egg fermenter
Chianti, Italy
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

95Points
Wine Advocate

"The Castello dei Rampolla 2019 Liù is a relatively new wine (the first vintage made was the 2018) and a pure expression of Merlot. The wine is generously endowed with lots of fruit flavor and a distinctive punchiness that adds a bright and lifted quality to the bouquet. It sports a mid-weight approach with plenty of summer fresh cherry, plum and other purple fruits. It's hard not to feel immediately attracted to this wine, especially given its very vivid and bright personality. You'll have a lot of fun drinking Liù straight out of the gate or likewise waiting for it to complete its bottle evolution."- Monica Larner (The Wine Advocate)

94Points
Vinous

"The 2019 Merlot Liu' is another outrageously beautiful wine from Rampolla. Deep, inky and explosive, the 2019 possesses tremendous energy to match its purity of fruit. Blueberry, spice, leather, menthol and espresso build into the potent, tannic finish. Readers will find a serious Merlot packed with fruit and structure. Rampolla planted Merlot in 2000 and 2003 to soften Sammarco, but the vines turned out to be more productive than expected, giving birth to the Liu'. The 2019 was aged in cement and terracotta. I am not entirely sure how the Liu' will mature, but I also doubt that will be much a concern for the vast majority of readers."- Antonio Galloni (Vinous)

94Points
The Wine Front

"Love this wine. Earth, new leather, black olives, blueberry and fresh blackberry, with a dried flower perfume above. Medium-bodied, thick with brushed suede tannin, plum and earth, and again that floral perfume wafting about. It has fairly fresh acidity, but it’s all about those terracotta tannins and slightly wild ‘natural’ feel. Finish is long with rugged grip. Such presence and character here."- Gary Walsh (The Wine front)

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