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Fattoria Isole e Olena - Chianti Classico 2015

Information

  • Country: Italy
  • Wine Region: Tuscany
  • Wine Area: Chianti Classico
  • Wine Maker: Paolo De Marchi
  • Grape: Sangiovese
  • Grape Percentage: 85% Sangiovese, 12% Canaiolo, 3% Syrah
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 90 (2014) VS: 89+ (2014) JR: 17+ (2014) WS: 89 (2011) JS: 91 (2014) WE: 90 (2013)

Wine tasting notes

A light but brilliant ruby colour with an alluring, Pinot-like nose and soft, accessible fruit on the palate.

Winery Information

Fattoria Isole e Olena

This estate, run by Paolo de Marchi, is yet another that has seen a dramatic rise in quality over the last few decades. Paolo's family, originally from Piedmont, purchased the estate in the 1960s. His attention to detail in both the vineyard and the winery was the driving force that turned quality around..

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014)90 pts

Dec 2016 - Monica Larner - This wine offers excellent value and with 160,000 bottles produced, it should be easy to find. The 2014 Chianti Classico is 80% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 5% Syrah, aged in small and large oak barrels for one year. It offers beautifully polished and fine aromas of wild berry, toasted almond, grilled herb and blue violet. Compared to its peers from this difficult vintage, this wine offers noticeably more definition and depth.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2014)89+ pts

The 2014 Chianti Classico is one of the prettiest and most refined wines of the vintage. Sweet red cherry, raspberry, mint and white pepper give the 2014 much of its signature brightness and vibrancy. The cool, late-ripening season produced a lithe Chianti Classico with salivating acidity and mid-weight structure. Of course, those are qualities the Isole e Olena wines tend to have in most vintages, but in 2014, they are accentuated. I imagine the biting acidity will give the 2014 many years of life in the cellar. The 2014 has all the potential to be one of the sleepers of this vintage. -- Antonio Galloni

JancisRobinson.com (2014)17+ pts

Tasted Feb 2017 - Mid ruby with orange tinges. Lifted, peppery, cool and sweet raspberry nose with a savoury edge. Fine, grainy, clinging tannins woven into fine raspberry fruit. Gorgeous balance. Fine yet light. Drink now. (WS)

Wine Spectator (2011)89 pts

Deep plum and black cherry flavors introduce this smooth version, firming up on the tobacco- and tea-accented finish.

James Suckling (2014)91 pts

A tangy and fresh red with plum, dried lemon and berry character. Medium body, bright fruit and a fruity finish. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast (2013)90 pts

You'll find aromas of underbrush, clove, red berry, blue flower and a whiff of toast on this elegant expression of the 2013 vintage. The bright, sleek palate delivers juicy wild cherry, ground pepper and coffee alongside fresh acidity and polished, fine-grained tannins.

Vinification Notes

After the malolactic fermentation, the wine is racked into barrel and cask. Maturation takes place in barrel (of which 15% is new oak) and 4000 litre oak casks where it matures for about a year. It is then bottled and released after 3-4 months.