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 and their goal is almost always met.
The 2019 vintage was particularly good to the winery. Their Cepparello earned a perfect 100-points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Editor, Lisa Perotti-Brown. But in addition, this Chianti Classico is the highest ever rated from Wine Enthusiast – a gushing 94-point editors’ choice review to pair with the 93-points this one earned from James Suckling.
This is 100% Estate Grown Sangiovese and made absolutely beautifully. Definitely worth seeking out.
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94 Points (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast
Made with 83% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 2% Syrah, this lovely, delicious red races out of the gate with enticing scents of perfumed berries, blue flowers, forest floor and baking spice. Smooth and savory, the juicy palate features ripe Morello cherry, crushed raspberry, white pepper and star anise alongside polished tannins. It’s already drinking beautifully but will also offer several years of sheer pleasure.
93 Points, James Suckling
Perfumed nose of dried roses, wild mushrooms, sour cherries, raspberries, olives and spices. Medium-bodied with a firm yet supple tannin frame and a creamy core of red fruit. Delicious finish. Drink or hold.
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