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Date Printed: 11/28/2014
Isole e Olena Chianti Classico 2010
Isole e Olena Chianti Classico 2010
(search item no. 122437)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
Decanter rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes are grown on the Isole o Olena estate which covers 290 hectares in the heart of the Chianti Classico hills between Florence and Siena, of which 49 are planted with vines and 42 are in production. The vineyards are approximately 400 meters above sea level and face south west. It's an elegant and balanced Chianti Classico that is medium bodied, with ripe cherry fruits and spice. Cedar notes are present on the nose and pallet. It is very focused and pretty with fresh acidity and firm tannins. The must is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel thanks with approximately 15 days maceration. During fermentation, pumping takes place twice a day. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine is racked into barrels and 4000 liter casks where it matures for about one year. It is then bottled and released after 3-4 months.
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About Isole e Elena:

Isole e Olena was formed in the 1950's when the DeMarchi family purchased two vineyards in the heart of the Chianti Classico region and combined them into one. Since the 1970's, 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 producing complex wines with good aging potential.