If in 1972, the 23-year-old De Marchi had tasted the 2007 Isole e Olena Sangiovese, he wouldn't have believed the label on the bottle. Those early wines were hard, under ripe, often brick-color on release. This Chianti Classico may be the bargain of 2007. Packed with amazing dark red fruit opulence, laced with De Marchi's signature wild herb aromatics, this big shouldered Chianti has a ripe tannin finish that just won't leg go.
"Moderately saturated red. Complex aromas of red fruits, gunflint, white pepper and violet. Then sweet, supple and silky in the mouth, with rather suave red fruit, tobacco and sweet spice flavors. The firm finish features building chewy tannins, sneaky length and a persistent floral note. Though it's already quite accessible, I'd cellar it for another couple of years and enjoy for another ten after that."
International Wine Cellar
"The 2007 Chianti Classico is simply marvelous. A touch rounder and more generous than is typically the case, the Chianti Classico reveals intense aromatics that meld into a core of rich, expansive red fruit. The open-knit, giving quality of 2007 is on full display, while clean, mineral notes on the finish add a measure of clarity and balance. Despite the wine's ripeness, this remains one of the more understated, hushed Chiantis of the vintage. Readers who enjoy the Burgundian side of Sangiovese will flip out over this wine. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020."
The Wine Advocate