Isole e Olena was formed in the 1950’s when the DeMarchi family purchased two vineyards in the heart of the Chianti Classico region and combined them into one. Since the 1970’s, Paolo DeMarchi has become a leading winemaker in the region by experimenting to improve the Chianti blends and by making wines from 100% Sangiovese (which he labels Cepparello). The goal is producing complex wines with good aging potential.
The winery’s flagship wine in the exceptional 2017 vintage in Tuscany was called, “one of the best of the vintage” by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and “positively stellar from the very first taste” from Vinous‘ Italian wine expert, Antonio Galloni. After tasting it for the first time last week, let me tell you- that checks out! This wine is delicious. Newly released and already minted with a fresh 97 point score and massive amounts of praise. From one of the most elite wineries in Tuscany and all of Italy, I’m not an ounce surprised they churned out another spectacular edition.
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97 Points, Antonio Galloni- Vinous
The 2017 Cepparello is another in a series of stunningly beautiful Cepparellos from Paolo de Marchi. Bright and beautifully focused in the glass, with tremendous depth, the 2017 is positively stellar from the very first taste. Succulent dark cherry, plum, licorice, spice, menthol and coffee all open up with a bit of air. Here, too, Paolo De Marchi has done a tremendous job in preserving freshness in the wine. Readers who can muster the patience will be rewarded with a spectacular wine.
95+ Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The Isole e Olena 2017 Cepparello is one of the great Sangiovese-based wines of the vintage. From a growing season that was challenging for almost everyone in Italy, this wine sails through, pushed by a profound sense of varietal purity. This dark, mid-weight red reveals lifted tones of cherry, wild rose, rosemary essence, toasted almond and potting soil. These components come together with seamless transitions and a polished finish. The tannins are elegant and integrated. The wine defies the expectations of the vintage.