The name isole e olena came about in the 1950s when two adjoining estates, isole and olena, were purchased by the De Marchi family and combined to form one. The history of both estates dates back many hundreds of years, and the earliest documentation of the village of Olena goes as far back as the 12th century. During the 1950s, the De Marchi family planted new specialised vineyards and expanded the cellars. Today, the estate is run by Paolo De Marchi and his wife Marta. Paolo comes from a family with three generations of winemaking experience in the northern part of Piemonte and his older son, Luca, now runs the family estate there, Proprieta Sperino.
The inky-colored 2003 Syrah Collezione De Marchi is full-bodied and luscious. Notes of jammy dark fruit, earthiness and spices emerge from the glass in a unique expression that is as much about Tuscan terroir as it is about varietal Syrah character. Showing outstanding length on the palate as well as notable freshness for the vintage, it is yet another terrific effort from Paolo de Marchi. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2018. Wine Advocate # 171; Jun 2007 Antonio Galloni 92 points
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