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.
Crimson in color. 14% ABV. Super nose of dark fruits, anise and leather. Medium body with medium acidity. There is a charming rusticity here. Dried cherries, cranberry, blood and earth on the palate. Medium length on the finish. Delightful wine that was perfect with a Chicken Parmesan. Best over the next several years.
My rating: 90 points.
One of the world’s great wine values at $25 per bottle. Buy accordingly.