Isole E Olena - Cepparello 2016 Ml. 750
From 18 to 24 months
This estate, run by Paolo de Marchi, is yet another that has seen a dramatic rise in quality over the last few decades. Paolo's family, originally from Piedmont, purchased the estate in the 1960s. His attention to detail in both the vineyard and the winery was the driving force that turned quality around. Experience working a vintage or two in California helped, but no doubt the input received from oenological consultant Donato Lanati has also been of significance.
The wines have Cepparello at their head, a barrique-aged Sangiovese classified as an IGT - because at the time of its creation in the 1980s a wine comprising 100% Sangiovese could not legally be labelled as Chianti. There is a Chianti Classico and a Vin Santo, as well as some excellent wines from the Collezione de Marchi label, including a Syrah called Eremo, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay.
|Manufacturer||Isole E Olena|
|Ageing and Fining||18 months in French and American oak barrels, and rests in the bottle for 12 months|
|Ageing||From 18 to 24 months|
|Color||Intense ruby red|
|Aroma||Notes of wild strawberries, mace, cedarwood and rose and violet floral puffs|
|Aroma||balsamic, Boisé, Floral, Fruity, Spicy, Burnt|
|Taste||Balanced and full, tannic, fruity and tangy|
|Serving temperature||16°-18° C.|
|Blend description||100% Sangiovese|
|Matching||Rice with mushrooms, Roast, Braised meat, T-bone steak (Florentine steak), Red meat, Roasted red meat, Red meat stew, Grilled meat, Kill, Game, Dishes with truffle, Cured cheeses, Meditation wines / Dessert wines|
|Ideal with||Pasta With Vegetables, Meat Red, Cured cheeses, Dessert|