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2015 Isole e Olena Cepparello
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- Cellar 8 - 10 years (2027-2029)
- ABV 14.5%
- Closure: Stelvin
Cepparello is Isole e Olena’s flagship offering produced entirely from Sangiovese and aged in French oak. Totally opaque dark red black colour with a dark red hue. Fragrant scents of ripe dark to black cherries infused with dried herbs and hints of tobacco are trailed by vanillin cedar, a touch of earth and spice. Rich with a juicy yet chewy feel the medium to full bodied palate is decorated with ripe dark cherry and spicy red currant fruit which is underscored by elements of vanillin cedar, earthy tobacco characters and dried herbs. Sturdy, slightly dryish tannins combine with fresh acidity to provide plenty of structure. Excellent depth with a long, slightly chewy but savoury aftertaste.
Cellar 8-10 years.
The 2015 Cepparello is not immediately accessible. Indeed, the wine took some time to open, and I kept going back to my sample bottle throughout the afternoon at different intervals to check on its progress. There is no doubting the enormous potential of its aging trajectory nor the considerable depth of fruit in its current youthful state. However, all those aromatic elements of fruit, spice, tar, tobacco and grilled herb still need to find harmony before they sing in chorus. The mouthfeel is chiseled and tight, and this is where you really sense the potential of its longevity. Some 42,000 bottles were made. This wine is aged in mostly French oak, with 5% American oak. Drink 2020-2040.
Monica Larner – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
Shows lots of black cherries, cranberry tea, caramelized orange peel, roasted herbs and citrus peel. Full-bodied with ripe and quite round tannins that frame layers of cherries. Bright and fresh, yet rich and long at the same time. The sangiovese character really springs out of the glass. Drink in 2020.