Friday, September 25, 2015

Isole E Olena Chianti Classico Gran Seleczione

Super small barrel selection of the best 2006 Cepparello barrels
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2006 Isole E Olena Chianti Classico Gran Seleczione...$199.99
Only 12 bottles available.
This wine was not originally intended to be released under the Gran Seleczione designation but rather was created as a 50th anniversary bottling to commemorate the purchase of the Isole and Olena vineyards by Paolo Di Marchi's father in the 1950's. The Isole e Olena Chaniti Classico Gran Selezione is a barrel selection from the 2006 Cepparello, blended with 12% Cabernet Franc and 8% Syrah, then aged in oak (1/3 new) for two years. After bottling, it was held in the winery’s cellar for another five years.

This wine has not been reviewed, but the 2006 Cepparello scored big
The 2006 Cepparello is a super classic wine. It brings together the best elements of the house style in its breathtaking aromatics, delineated fruit and striking overall balance. All of the elements are in the right place for the 2006 to develop into a spectacular wine. The 2006 stands apart for its nuance, depth and overall detail. Juicy red cherries, raspberries, rose petals and licorice build to the huge, dramatic finish. The 2006 is one of the all-time great Cepparellos. It bears more than a passing resemblance to the stunning 1988. The 2006 has blossomed beautifully in bottle over the last few years, and it is now clear I underestimated its potential. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2036.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

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