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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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , July/August 2010
(a blend of 80% sangiovese, 15% canaiolo nero and 5% syrah; aged for one year in tonneaux and barriques, 15% new; 14.5% alcohol) Good medium red. Enticing aromas of red cherry, violet, red rose and cinnamon. Very fresh and light on its feet, with pure, perfumed flavors of red cherry, rose and tobacco. Finishes wonderfully long, smooth and minerally. This perfumed wine really reminded me of nebbiolo!
88 Points | Wine Spectator
88+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
This Chianti was very good, one of the best I have enjoyed.
good for the price
Just as good as advertised, with a backbone and lots of complex notes on the nose and palate. Reminds me of the '97 chiantis which at least in my memory were the best ever.
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Already had this one in the cellar. It was a surprise for me, much more electric than most Chianti Classico. Bright red cherry, little earthiness, hint of sandalwood on the nose. Thinnish body of elegant black cherry, bright and clear acidity, clean mouthfeel. Finished moderate on cherry, hints graphite and clayey soil. Great with pizza and other bready/starchy dishes. Perfect with prosciutto, goat cheese, and arugula pizza. 88 now, 90 with plenty of aeration or another year or two cellared.
Isole e Olena '08 Chianti Class.
Newer world in style which is quite frankly disappointing to me. I purchased as an add on and would not revisit this winery. BevMo quality mainstream pallet and not a good example IMO of Chianti Classico. Lower acid, higher alc., not an expression of bright food friendly and sour cherry profile that I was hoping for.
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The trademark of wines from Tuscany, and especially those from the region of Chianti, was once the fiasco. This straw-colored flask may carry associations of lengthy rustic meals out on the portico of a villa in the Tuscan countryside, but this romantic reverie must be interrupted with a burst of reality...
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