Grape(s): 82% Sangiovese,15% Canaiolo, 3% Syrah
Localization: Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Tasting Notes: The wine is fresh and fruit-forward with bright berry aromas over easy spice and smoky tar.
93 points James Suckling: This is a really authentic and beautiful Chianti Classico, offering cherries, orange peel, and light undertones of nuts and bark. It’s medium-bodied, very polished, and integrated with a fresh, juicy finish. Drink now.
Notes: Estate-grown, hand-harvested grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with approximately 15 days of maceration. During fermentation, delestage, and pumping-over take place twice a day. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine is racked into barrels and 4,000-liter casks where it matures for about one year.
The Domain: Isole e Olena was formed in the 1950s when the DeMarchi family purchased two vineyards in the heart of the Chianti Classico region and combined them into one. Since the 1970s, Paolo DeMarchi has become a leading winemaker in the region by experimenting to improve the Chianti blends and by making wines from 100% Sangiovese (which he labels Cepparello). The goal is to produce complex wines with good aging potential.