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Fattoria Isole e Olena - Vin Santo - half btl 2007 (Half Bottle)


  • Country: Italy
  • Wine Region: Tuscany
  • Wine Area: Chianti
  • Wine Maker: Paolo de Marchi
  • Grape: Trebbiano
  • Grape Percentage: Trebbiano (Ugni Blanc)
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 375
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 92 (2004) VS: 94 (2006) JR: 17 (2001) WS: 90 (2001)

Wine tasting notes

Tuscany's traditional wine of conviviality, Vin Santo is made from white grapes (Malvasia, Trebbiano and, in this vintage, Chardonnay) that are harvested early, allowed to wither into raisins, pressed in January, and then barrel fermented and aged for four years before bottling.

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 (2004)92 pts

Wine Advocate #201. Jun 2012. Reviewer : Antonio Galloni.The 2004 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico wafts from the glass with burnt sugar, caramel, roasted coffee beans, licorice and dried flowers. Even with 200 grams of residual sugar, the wine comes across as restrained and impeccable, even a touch ethereal on the finish. The Vin Santo is Malvasia and Trebbiano. Drink: now - 2024.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2006)94 pts

Sept '15 - Antonio Galloni - The 2006 Vin Santo is quite powerful and viscous in the glass, perhaps a bit more so than is the norm. An exotic m?lange of dried fig, honey, sage, baking spices and sweet herbs are all thrust forward. This is one of the most intense Vin Santos I can remember tasting at Isole e Olena. The 220 grams of residual sugar are clearly felt in the wine's heft, yet all the elements are in the right place. (2001)17 pts

Published : 07-Dec-2010. Pale shaded, healthy-looking greenish orange. Complex, long-aged nose with all the many elements in balance. Sweet start and then a bit of rancio and finishes clean, tart and dry. Pretty archetypal even if not the richest. Very lively and refreshing style. Wonderfully neat. Not showy. Just not the most complex. When to Drink : Now to 2018.

Wine Spectator (2001)90 pts

Issue: Oct 31, 2009. Aromas of dried fruits, such as pineapple and apricot, lead to a full body in this medium sweet version, which has bright acidity and a lively finish. There's a tangy, sweet-and-sour character on the finish. Drink now. 840 cases made. ?JS.

Vinification Notes

The grapes were dried for 3-5 months before pressing after which the must was racked into ‘caratelli’ (small barrels of varying composition) where it fermented and aged for five years before bottling. The wine remained on the ‘madre’ or starter culture for the entire ageing/fermenting period, during which time it was neither racked nor filtered. At the end of the ageing period, the resulting wine comprises only 12-15% of the initial yield.