The name 'Isole e Olena' was conceived in the 1950's when two adjoining estates, 'Isole' and 'Olena' were purchased by the De Marchi family and were combined to form one. Today the Isole e Olena estate is run by Paolo De Marchi and his family. Paolo comes from a family with three generations of winemaking experience in the northern section of Piedmont . He was raised in close contact with the wine world as he has always enthusiastically followed the development of his grandfather's estate located near Gattinara, Villa Sperino, where Lessona wine is produced. The traditional 4-grape Chianti Classico blend was gradually altered to diminish the quantity of white grapes present until complete elimination. Thus the Isole o Olena Chianti evolved from being a light, young wine to the fuller-bodied wine of today, which is destined for cellar aging. Simultaneously Paolo began experimenting with the production of a wine made exclusively of Sangiovese grapes. His efforts in this direction have yielded the resultant wine named Cepparello. In 1980 he produced the first Cepparello.
"The 2013 Chianti Classico wears oversized aromas of dark fruit and cherry that suit the wine very nicely. This is an outwardly generous and beautifully intense wine that mirrors all the high qualities of this celebrated vintage. Red fruit notes of cherry and cassis are woven within a greater context that sees crushed mineral and spice. The growing season was slow and steady leading to perfectly ripe fruit. Isole e Olena adds a bit of Canaiolo to the Sangiovese and those deep, dark fruit elements of the added grape come out strongly in this vintage.
There is no way not to be totally overwhelmed by the stunning beauty of the tiny twin hamlets of Isole and Olena that straddle either side of this historic property. Paolo De Marchi's enthusiastic and engaging personality defines the landmark set of wines before you.
" -Rated 91, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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