All the grapes are grown on the Isole e Olena estate’s 49 hectares of vineyards, 5 of which are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyards are situated on the western border of the Chianti Classico zone. 100% barrel aged in French and American oak for 24 months, this is a deep red colored wine. It shows pure berry and cassis fruit flavors on the palate and focused and layered expressions of blackberry fruit, vanilla, and minerals. It is savory in flavor, velvety in texture with firm yet supple tannins and a slight cedary spice on the finish.
■ Grape Varieties
95% Cabernet Sauvignon 5%CabernetFlanc
|Winery||Isole e Olena|
|Grapes||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon|
The name “Isole e Olena” was conceived in the 1950s when two adjoining estates, “Isole” and “Olena” were purchased by the De Marchi family and were combined to form one.
The estate is located in the central part of Chianti Classico in the province of Tuscany. In the beginning of the 1950s the De Marchi family gradually began phasing out the sharecropping system, new specialized vineyards were planted and the wine cellars were expanded.
Today the Isole e Olena estate is run by Paolo de Marchi and his family. Paolo, widely known as one of Italy’s finest winemakers, comes from a family with three generations of winemaking experience in the northern section of Piedmont and in 1976 he began managing the estate with the goal of combining his technical training with the desire to firmly establish the winery as one of the forerunners in Chianti. At that time the cellars were modernized and experimental vineyard plots were planted. The traditional 4-grape Chianti Classico blend was gradually altered to decrease the quantity of white grapes until none at all were used. Thus the Isole e Olena Chianti evolved from being a light, young wine to the fuller-bodied wine of today.