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Isole e Olena Chianti Classico DOCG


In a Nutshell

Well-structured and beautiful.

Tasting Notes

This Chianti Classico is crimson in colour with typical sour cherry and bramble notes. The palate has a supple, lithe character full of perfumed fruit and is given depth by a mineral vein. Structure comes from the taut acidity and tannin structure.

Production Notes

Fermentation took place in tank with 15 days of maceration, délestage (or 'rack and return') and pumping-over twice a day. De Marchi first experimented with the délestage method in 1996 and subsequently began using it for all red wines from the 1997 vintage. Maturation lasted one year and took place in barrel (of which 5% was new oak) and 4,000 litre oak casks.

Grape Blend







Isole e Olena Chianti Classico DOCG

Detailed Information














Canaiolo, Sangiovese, Syrah




Press Quotes & Awards

A dark expression of black current, blackberry, iron, an tar flavours renders this red slightly ominous, showing ripeness and harmony. Vibrant, ending with a good grip. 92 points.

Bruce Sanderson, “Top Wines from Tuscany”, Wine Spectator, October 2018

Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and burnt orange follow through to a full body with round yet firm tannins. A lovely, pure finish. Shows focus and finesse. 93 points.

James Suckling, “Two Great Vintages for Tuscany: 2015 and 2016”,, 11 September 2018

Isole e Olena is one of the most famous wineries in Italy. Winemaker Paolo di Marchi makes wines with thrilling fruit and slender, juicy, willowy tannins. It comes from high altitude vineyards in the western part of Chianti Classico, open to breezes coming in from the sea. Pretty and seductive…

Matthew Jukes, “2015 Chianti Classico, Isole e Olena”, MoneyWeek, 3 August 2018

This wine delivers attractive spiced raspberries and red cherries on the nose with a gentle herbal kick. The medium-weight palate has assertive acidity amid fine-cut tannins and tangy, fresh cherry fruits.

Gourmet Traveller Wine, 1 August 2018

Fresh and very approachable; this is a wine to win around those sceptical of Chianti Classico’s charms.

Justin Keay, “Why the future’s looking brighter for top end Chianti Classico”,, 7 June 2018

Still quite closed, with hints of sage blossom, red plum and cinnamon peeking out. It's not as rich as some of its peers, but there is good fruit concentration to flesh out the tannins, and tangy acidity to stimulate the appetite. 90 points

Michaela Morris, “Chianti Classico new releases”,, 6 April 2018

A smooth and silky Sangiovese that glides clean over the palate with strength and intensity. Bright cherry, blueberry and herbal accents with wild sage and rosemary characterize the finish. Like many other wines from the 2015 vintage, there is an evident touch of cherry sweetness on the close. 92 Points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate October 2017


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