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. 14.5% ABV. Super nose of red fruits, iron and licorice. Medium body with strong acidity. Packed with tart fruits. Rustic and earthy. Cherry, cranberry, blood orange and earth on the palate. Nice length on the finish. Delightful Chianti that paired perfectly with charcuterie. Best over the next several years.
My rating: 89 points.
One of the world’s great wine values at $25 per bottle. Buy accordingly.