Paolo di Marchi has run Isole e Olena since the age of 20. Paolo avoids the Cabernet Sauvignon many of his neighbors have begun to incorporate into their Chiantis, believing it overshadows the Sangiovese. The flagship wine at Isole e Olena is Cepparello, 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.
Ruby red in color. 14% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, asphalt and flowers. Medium body with with great acidity. Fresh, crisp and well balanced. Dried cherries, iron, earth and tobacco on the palate. Nice length on the finish with subtle but present tannins. Delightful Chianti that will drink well for at least another 2-4 years.
My rating: 91 points.
I just placed an order for the ’18 version of this wine. One of the world’s great wine values at $25 per bottle. Buy accordingly.