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Isole e Olena Chianti Classico 2015

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Estate-grown, hand-harvested grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with approximately 15 days maceration. During fermentation, delestage and pumping-over takes place twice a day. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine is racked into barrels and 4,000 liter casks where it matures for about one year.

Blend: 82% Sangiovese, 3% Syrah, 15% Canaiolo Nero

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WE 95
Wine Enthusiast
Alluring aromas of woodland berry, sunbaked soil, hazelnut and truffle mingle with whiffs of leather and eucalyptus. The focused palate is savory and full of finesse, delivering juicy Marasca cherry, black currant, clove and tobacco alongside a tangy citrus note. Polished tannins and remarkable freshness for the hot vintage give it balance and structure. Drink now through 2023.
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JS 93
James Suckling
Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and burnt orange follow through to a full body with round yet firm tannins. A lovely, pure finish. Shows focus and finesse. Drink now or hold.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
A dark expression of black currant, blackberry, iron and tar flavors renders this red slightly ominous, showing ripeness and harmony. Vibrant, ending with good grip. Best from 2020 through 2032.
D 90
Decanter
This is a benchmark Chianti Classico, despite the eclectic inclusion of 5% Syrah. A rich, ripe and classy mouthful.
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Isole e Olena, Italy
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.
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One of the first wine regions anywhere to be officially recognized and delimited, Chianti Classico is today what was originally defined simply as Chianti. Already identified by the early 18th century as a superior zone, the official name of Chianti was proclaimed upon the area surrounding the townships of Castellina, Radda and Gaiole, just north of Siena, by Cosimo III, Grand Duke of Tuscany in an official decree in 1716.

However, by the 1930s the Italian government had appended this historic zone with additonal land in order to capitalize on the Chianti name. It wasn’t until 1996 that Chianti Classico became autonomous once again when the government granted a separate DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) to its borders. Ever since, Chianti Classico considers itself no longer a subzone of Chianti.

Many Classicos are today made of 100% Sangiovese but can include up to 20% of other approved varieties grown within the Classico borders. The best Classicos will have a bright acidity, supple tannins and be full-bodied with plenty of ripe fruit (plums, black cherry, blackberry). Also common among the best Classicos are expressive notes of cedar, dried herbs, fennel, balsamic or tobacco.

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STC978273_2015 Item# 519870

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