2017 Cepparello, Isole e Olena, Tuscany, Italy

2017 Cepparello, Isole e Olena, Tuscany, Italy

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2017 Cepparello, Isole e Olena, Tuscany, Italy

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A delightful nose of ripe, dark cherries and spice invades the senses. The palate is full and rich, yet fresh, with notes of red and black cherries, redcurrants and hints of darker fruits, spice and dark chocolate, all balanced with perfectly judged acidity and fine-grained tannins. Long and elegant on the finish, this another excellent Cepparello from the De Marchis. Still very youthful, this will develop more complexity as it ages, adding the typical grilled meat notes to its portfolio of complex flavours and aromas. Drink 2022-2040+.
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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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Sangiovese

Sangiovese

A black grape widely grown in Central Italy and the main component of Chianti and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano as well as being the sole permitted grape for the famed Brunello di Montalcino.

It is a high yielding, late ripening grape that performs best on well-drained calcareous soils on south-facing hillsides. For years it was blighted by poor clonal selection and massive overcropping - however since the 1980s the quality of Sangiovese-based wines has rocketed upwards and they are now some of the most sought after in the world.

It produces wines with pronounced tannins and acidity, though not always with great depth of colour, and its character can vary from farmyard/leather nuances through to essence of red cherries and plums. In the 1960s the advent of Super Tuscans saw bottlings of 100% Sangiovese wines, as well as the introduction of Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon blends, the most famous being Tignanello.

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Reviews

Customer reviews

Antonio Galloni 97/100
Wine Advocate95+/100
James Suckling95/100

Critic reviews

Antonio Galloni 97/100
The 2017 Cepparello is another in a series of stunningly beautiful Cepparellos from Paolo de Marchi. Bright and beautifully focused in the glass, with tremendous depth, the 2017 is positively stellar from the very first taste. Succulent dark cherry, plum, licorice, spice, menthol and coffee all open up with a bit of air. Here, too, Paolo De Marchi has done a tremendous job in preserving freshness in the wine. Readers who can muster the patience will be rewarded with a spectacular wine. Drink 2025-2042.
Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (September 2020) Read more
Wine Advocate95+/100
The Isole e Olena 2017 Cepparello is one of the great Sangiovese-based wines of the vintage. From a growing season that was challenging for almost everyone in Italy, this wine sails through, pushed by a profound sense of varietal purity. This dark, mid-weight red reveals lifted tones of cherry, wild rose, rosemary essence, toasted almond and potting soil. These components come together with seamless transitions and a polished finish. The tannins are elegant and integrated. The wine defies the expectations of the vintage. Drink 2021-2040.
Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (September 2020) Read more
James Suckling95/100
A beautifully linear and refined Sangiovese with polished tannins and super tight fruit. Yet, it shows subtle complexity of blackberries, black cherries and dark chocolate. Some hazelnuts. Intense, vibrant finish with a creamy texture. Extremely well done for this hot, dry vintage. Drink after 2023.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (August 2020) Read more