A 95 Point Classic(o) from Tuscany!
2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico....$23.99
Alluring aromas of woodland berry, sunbaked soil, hazelnut and truffle mingle with whiffs of leather and eucalyptus. The focused palate is savory and full of finesse, delivering juicy Marasca cherry, black currant, clove and tobacco alongside a tangy citrus note. Polished tannins and remarkable freshness for the hot vintage give it balance and structure. Drink now through 2023.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Enthusiast
2016 Isole e Olena Cepparello....$71.98
The 2016 Cepparello is dense, dark and also very closed in on itself. Those qualities bode well for the future, but readers will have to be patient, as the 2016 is going to need at least a few years to come into its own. Black cherry, plum, lavender, spice and new leather gradually open up in the glass, but the 2016 is not ready to show all of its cards. This fruit was brought in during the second week of October, which is pretty much optimal at Isole e Olena. The 2016 spent 20 months in French oak, with a bit less than 30% new oak, and a few months in cask prior to bottling. An explosion of floral and spice notes punctuates the super-refined finish. The 2016 is shaping up to be epic. Don't miss it!
Rated 97+/100 Vinous Media