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Isole e Olena Cabernet Sauvignon Collezione Privata 2017

Product description

It is not enough to say that Isole e Olena is held to the highest regard and winemaker Paolo de Marchi has an unquestionable vision. Fourth generation winemaker Paolo De Marchi studied Agriculture at the University of Turin and worked harvests in California and France before returning to the family estate in 1976. He found much need for improvement and modernization in the Chianti Classico region. One of the first projects involved planting single vineyards of international varieties, such as Chardonnay and Syrah. With these steps, Paolo discovered a way to balance tradition with innovation. Isole e Olena is named for the formation of the two estates that were purchased by the De Marchi family in the 1950s. Over 43 years, he has earned a reputation as “Mr. Sangiovese” and also the “Dean of Chianti.”

This Cabernet is planted to Isole’s five hectares devoted to this variety. The vines come from the western border of the Chianti Classico zone at slopes of 350 to 400 meters in altitude. This undergoes a lengthy ageing journey of 24 months, 40% of which is done in new American and French oak. After another two years in the bottle, it is released with much more potential for age.

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of cassis, red currant and crushed mint shape the nose along with whiffs of coconut. The elegantly structured palate shows spiced cranberry and licorice while velvety, close-grained tannins provide the framework.