2014 Isole e Olena Cepparello
“Paolo DeMarchi continues to make some of the most compelling wines in Chianti Classico, and Italy, for that matter. These new releases span several vintages, starting with 2014, a year that was challenging at the beginning and nearly perfect towards the end of the season. The Classico and Cepparello (tasted from barrel) are all terrific…
“It’s hard not to admire these wines. Over the years, I have witnessed first hand just how well these wines age. Like so many top producers I have met around the world, DeMarchi is brutally critical of his own wines. A relentless drive for excellence is one of many things that elevates Isole e Olena to the position it occupies.
“Isole e Olena’s 2014 Cepparello is mind-blowingly beautiful. The product of a long, cool growing season with perfect weather at the end of the fall. Dark, savory and intensely mineral, the 2014 possesses remarkable depth and intensity. In 2014, the grapes reached full maturity at lower sugars than is the norm today. I tasted the 2014 from an assortment of barrels. If the finished wine is like the wine I tasted from barrel, the 2014 Cepparello will be one of the big surprises of the vintage. I love the mid-palate depth here.” – Vinous
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