2015 Isole e Olena, Cabernet Sauvignon Privata, Tuscany, Italy

2015 Isole e Olena, Cabernet Sauvignon Privata, Tuscany, Italy

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2015 Isole e Olena, Cabernet Sauvignon Privata, Tuscany, Italy

Description

This wine is dominated by ripe but restrained blackcurrant fruit, supported by pencil-shaving and cedar notes. There is a glossiness here and a suppleness to the tannins that marks this out as more Mediterranean than Bordelais. The bright, fresh acidity also hints at the wine’s Italian roots. The purity of fruit continues onto the persistent finish, testament to Paolo de Marchi’s attentive work in the vineyards. The finish is persistent and keeps evolving. Enjoy this with a lamb braise. Drink now to 2032.

Barbara Drew MW, Berry Bros. & Rudd (April 2021)

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Critics reviews

Antonio Galloni, Vinous94/100
Wine Advocate95+/100
Antonio Galloni, Vinous94/100
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine of elegance and finesse that shows the effects of rain during harvest in its decidedly mid-weight, lithe construction. Even so, the 2015 offers lovely aromatic presence and persistence. Grilled herbs, crème de cassis, licorice, violet, plum, spice and licorice all develop, but the 2015 remains decidedly delicate for this bottling. My impression is that it will age more on its freshness rather than on its concentration.

Drink 2020 - 2030

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (Jul 2019) Read more
Wine Advocate95+/100
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Collezione Privata opens to an enriched appearance with round fruit and loads of deep intensity. What is remarkable about this Tuscan Cabernet Sauvignon (blended with very small parts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot) is that it shows none of the greenness or tightness often associated with the grape. This warm and sunny vintage has ironed out any wrinkles and contributes to the loose, rich fabric of the wine. This wine shows lushness and balanced integration. It's a lovely expression whose berry and forest endnotes make it perfect for a rosemary and garlic roasted lamb. Only 6,000 bottles were made.

Drink 2020 - 2040

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Sep 2019) Read more

About this WINE

Isole e Olena

Isole e Olena

The Isola et Olena Estate, run by Paolo de Marchi, is yet another property that has seen a dramatic rise in quality over the last few decades. Paolo's family, originally from Piedmont, purchased the estate in the 1960s. His attention to detail in both the vineyard and the winery was the driving force that turned quality around.

The wines have Cepparello at their head, a barrique-aged Sangiovese classified as an IGT - because at the time of its creation in the 1980s a wine comprising 100% Sangiovese could not legally be labelled as Chianti. There is a Chianti Classico and a Vin Santo, as well as some excellent wines from the Collezione de Marchi label, including a Syrah called Eremo, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay

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Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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