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 | Wine Spectator
95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Look out Piemonte . . . this sangiovese might convert diehard nebbiolo fans. Quality, longevity, and fair pricing makes this an exceptional gift or a special treat for yourself. The Guinea Pig club will bring this one back for a future menu. . . the highest honor that can be awarded!
Ok, I'll go with the flow...
by David McDuff
Rich, ripe, velvety and full-bodied Sangiovese. Aromas of cassis and toasty oak on the nose are followed up and accompanied by cocoa, black cherry and a hint of tobacco on the long lasting finish. This is truly a sexy wine which does live up to the hype. A wine to be poured for special occasions and with time and room to breathe.
sangiovese at his best!
by Stephane Castera
Intense color, promounce nose with dark fruit and smoky finish, the wine has great balance and is very good right now. Beautiful introduction to great italian wine from Tuscany.
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A perfect memorable wine
Excellent!! Full of aroma and stylish. This Italian wine is very creamy with a hint of coffee and vanilla. Soft, easy to drink, and the aftertaste lasts at least 2 minutes. Perfect with steak. I had this bottle with my friends, they all said "WOw." Bought this bottle for $40, absolutely worth more elsewhere. Great 97 vintage and it's one of the hard-to-find wines. Winespectator gave an accurate rating--96.
After tasting on release I thought this wine was excellent, mayne the best cepparello I've ever had. I opened a bottle recently and found the wine to still be very good, although a little on the flabby side when compared to previous vintages. Vibrant cherry, leather and red fruit flavors with a long finish. The tannins were almost too smooth with the wine needing just a little more acidity for balance. Not sure if this one's gonna age like previous versions? ...although the wine seemed to pick up some power after about 3 hrs of aeration. For what it's worth, I think earlier vintages of this wine are just as good as the 97. Still an awesome wine tho.
It's as good as they say
by Peter Meyaart
I know about the big ratings from the wine press, and I can say for once that the "experts" are on the money. I'm not the biggest Isole e Olena fan, but this wine has the entire package of richness, complexity and balance that one requires in a truly outstanding wine. A further testament to the greatness of the '97 vintage in Tuscany.
Best Sangiovese I've ever tasted
The 1997 Cepparello is black in color, packed with deep red fruit flavors and miraculously soft in the finish. If Sangiovese can be better than this, I'd like to know how!
Ready to Drink
The 97 Vintage was outstanding in Tuscany. However, the wines are not holding up quite as well as one would hope. This Cepparello is still wonderfully balanced but is getting thin on the finish. Ready to drink now.
LET IT BREATHE
This wine will get five stars from me as long as I make sure that the next time I drink it I do so on a weekend so I don't have to go to sleep before it reaches it's potential.
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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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