Isole e Olena Chianti Classico 2016
|Region||Italy, Tuscany, Chianti Classico|
|Brand||Isole e Olena|
Broad and complex, delivering plum, black cherry, almond, leather and earth flavors. The tannins are dusty and well-integrated, while vibrant acidity keeps the flavors pumping through the long finish. Best from 2021 through 2036.
Aromas of wild berry, coffee bean, cedar and French oak lift out of the glass. The linear, elegant palate mirrors the nose, offering Morello cherry, pomegranate, espresso and star anise framed in taut, polished tannins. It's balanced, with fresh acidity.
Despite being known for one of Tuscany's top 100% Sangiovese wines - Cepparello - Paolo De Marchi believes in blending this grape. Here, he includes a generous portion of Canaiolo Nero to give some spice and also likes a pinch of Syrah, especially in lighter vintages. The aromas are very precise, with black raspberry, violet, heather and juniper. It's dense without being rich or heavy, with a rousing core of appetizing juiciness. Grainy, ripe tannins will support this effortlessly for at least a decade. Drinking Window 2019 - 2029
A solid red with dusty, firm tannins and beautiful dark fruit and cedar undertones. Shows depth and intensity. Prefer in 2020 when the tannins and acidity will come together better, but already energetic and pretty.
The 2016 Chianti Classico is a gorgeous wine that very much captures the essence of the house style. Bright floral and savory notes, sweet red cherry fruit, tobacco and mint are all finely knit in this super-appealing, mid-weight Chianti Classico from Isole e Olena. As always, the Chianti Classico here is lithe, aromatically precise and all about elegance.
82% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo, 3% Syrah. Aged in 40-hl casks, 27-hl casks and barriques for 12 months. Mid crimson. Immediately more complex on the nose with fruit and spice and hint of cigar box. Really tangy on the palate, vibrant and mouth-filling at the same time. Chewy tannins need time. (