2019 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
This iconic Tuscan Estate was established in the 1950’s when the father of current winemaker Paolo de Marchi purchased the adjoining estates of Isole and Olena.
A blend of 83% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 2% Syrah with maturation taking place in large oak barrels for approximately 12 months. Deep dark red colour with black tinged edges and a dark red hue. Lifted red cherry and red currant aromas have a fresh herb overlay with subtle earthy graphite, tobacco and spicy cedar notes ensuing. The fresh, mid weighted palate features delicious red currant and red cherry fruit over a tense back drop of earthy graphite characters, subtle black olive, tobacco and spicy cedar. Vibrant acidity and fine grained tannins form an elegant framework. Lighter on its feet than the 2018 it finishes with an energetic, refined savouriness.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.
Made with 83% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 2% Syrah, this lovely, delicious red races out of the gate with enticing scents of perfumed berries, blue flowers, forest floor and baking spice. Smooth and savory, the juicy palate features ripe Morello cherry, crushed raspberry, white pepper and star anise alongside polished tannins. It's already drinking beautifully but will also offer several years of sheer pleasure. Drink through 2025.
Perfumed nose of dried roses, wild mushrooms, sour cherries, raspberries, olives and spices. Medium-bodied with a firm yet supple tannin frame and a creamy core of red fruit. Delicious finish. Drink or hold.
Owner Paolo di Marchi has not chased the current trend to increase the percentage of Sangiovese and continues to blend Canaiolo Nero and a small percentage of Syrah in his deliciously reliable Chianti Classico. Aromas reveal a warm stone flintiness along with baked Mediterranean herbs and scented purple flowers. Limpid and linear, the palate builds with black plum, rose and sweet earth. Full yet vivid, it's polished yet soulful with seductive truffle nuances to finish, all held together with fine, chalky tannins. Drinking Window 2023 – 2031.