Isole e Olena Cepparello 1998
Cepparello is one of Italy's most iconic wines and a reflection of Paolo De Marchi's career. Today Cepparello, named after a small seasonal stream among the vineyards, is a selection of the estates best fruit. Soils primarily Galestro, vineyards orientated Southwest and are 400 meters above sea-level. Paolo believes that vintage is part of terrior and wines of origin reflect the vintage.
A fairly deep colour to this super-Tuscan, tasted in its youth. From the outset the nose has plenty of bramble and berry fruit, together with smoky, tarry notes suggestive of depth and extract. Rich and velvety on the palate, although only medium-full bodied, and cut through with good acidity which is immediately apparent on entry. Plentiful dark fruits, good extract as the nose suggested, and ripe, supple but firm tannins. Strong finish, with a sweet, tannic edge, and a note of elegance. Decent length. 17+/20 The Wine Doctor
Isole e Olena is comprised of two farms, "Isole" and "Olena," purchased by the De Marchi family in the 1950s. The current manager, Paolo De Marchi (see photo), is the fourth generation of the De Marchi to make wine in Italy (the extended family also makes wine in Piedmonte). Paolo graduated from the University of Torino where he specialized in Oenology, and currently maintains relationships with the Oenology faculties of the Universities of Montpellier, Beaune, Torino, Geisenheim and UC Davis. He is among the most respected winemakers in the world. His early enthusiasm for "extra-Tuscan" grapes in Chianti has been tempered by his respect for the unique characteristics of Tuscany's indigenous Sangiovese. This is a demanding grape, difficult to ripen and requiring extraordinary work in the vineyards to insure high quality. Paolo still produces small amounts of wines from "international varieties," including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Chardonnay, but his Chianti Classico and Cepparello (100% Sangiovese), are his own, best contribution to Tuscan culture.
Wine Spectator 91/100
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