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Isole e Olena Chianti Classico 2016

Isole e Olena Chianti Classico 2016

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"The 2016 Chianti Classico is fabulous. Deep and pliant. The 2016 is another hugely promising wine from Paolo De Marchi. All of the pedigree of the vintage comes through in the wine's textural depth and complexity. The fruit tons are dark and yet there is a wonderful sense of translucence to the 2016. Dollops of Canaiolo and Syrah complement Sangiovese nicely. Drinking window: 2020-2031. 90-92 points.

Always outspoken, Paolo De Marchi is not shy when it comes to expressing his views. For that reason, he is not really part of the 'in crowd' of owners in Chianti Classico's highly political ecosystem. But he doesn't need to be, the wines speak for themselves. These wines are simply extraordinary. The only wines that fall a bit short are the 2015s, but rain during harvest is not exactly easy to work around. De Marchi's Chianti Classico Gran Selezione is one of just a few wines that truly express what the top of the qualitative hierarchy is, while his wines from international varieties, now out of favor, remain compelling. The flagship remains the 100% Sangiovese Cepparello, which in its best vintages, is capable of developing beautifully in bottle for 25+ years."

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/19)