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About Isole e Olena
In the heart of Chianti Classico, Paolo di Marchi has dedicated himself to the vines at Isole e Olena, where he took over at the tender age of 20...
89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2010
($50; 100% syrah; 12 months in 20% new barriques, of which 85% were French and 15% American oak) Dark ruby-red. Aromatic nose of exotic red berries, underbrush and flowers, plus a suggestion of smoky bacon. The broad, impressively deep red and dark berry preserve flavors verge on jammy but are energized by juicy acidity, which adds verve to the finish. Finishes with mounting but smooth tannins and a lingering red cherry nuance. This will likely improve with a couple more years of bottle age, but I find it less rich and fleshy than recent better examples of this wine.