It boasts alluring scents of blue flower, perfumed berry, exotic spice and a whiff of French oak that flow over to the vibrant, elegant palate along with wild cherry, raspberry compote and licorice. Bright acidity and taut, fine-grained tannins provide an age-worthy framework. Give it time to develop to its maximum potential. Drink 2021–2033. KERIN O’KEEFE
Grape Variety100% Sangiovese
The name 'Isole e Olena' came about in the 1950s when the De Marchi family purchased and combined two adjoining estates, 'Isole' and 'Olena', each of which dated back hundreds of years. The estate is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico region at the midway point between Siena and Florence. The flagship Cepparello is 100% Sangiovese aged in French oak barrels. This nearly complete vertical charts the history of one of Tuscany's most compelling wines. The first Cepparellos were vinified in cement. The cellar was heated to induce malolactic fermentation and the wines were subsequently aged roughly equal parts Slavonian oak casks and smaller French oak barriques, with a dollop of chestnut barrels thrown into the mix. It was a time of enormous sacrifice, given that green harvesting was viewed as throwing money out the window, and every purchase of new French oak barrels was accompanied by a stern reprimand from De Marchi's father to pay attention to costs. But De Marchi persevered. The fruits of his hard labor and pricing are amply captured in these magnificent wines. Always one of the benchmarks for Sangiovese, 2017 doesn't disappoint.
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