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2006 Isole e Olena Syrah Collezione De Marchi
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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...

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2006 Isole e Olena Syrah Collezione De Marchi

Producer: Isole e Olena
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
Origin: Italy
Region: Tuscany

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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.

92 Points | Wine Spectator
91+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Italy

Italy, like France, offers a world of wine styles within a single country: dry Italian white wines ranging from lively and minerally to powerful and full-bodied; cheap and cheerful Italian red wines in both a cooler, northern style and a richer, warmer southern style; structured, powerful reds capable of long aging in bottle; sparkling wines; sweet wines and dessert wines.
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While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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