The De Marchi family acquired Isole and Olena, two neighboring farms in the Chianti Classico area, around the 1950s. Paolo Marchi immediately began to give his own qualitative approach to the company after having studied agriculture. The production of quality wine that was also able to express and tell the Tuscan soul was immediately sought after; priority is therefore given to traditional products such as Vin Santo, Chianti Classico and Cepparello, a very high expression of pure Sangiovese.
The average altitude of the vineyards is about 450 m; the grapes used to produce this wine are the best of the company which also correspond to the grapes produced by the older vineyards. The grapes are harvested when they have fully reached polyphenolic ripeness which usually corresponds to mid-October. The grapes are traditionally vinified in red at a controlled temperature: the fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature with maceration on the skins for about 3 or 4 weeks, with frequent daily pumping over. At the end of this procedure the wine ages in new and used barriques for 18 months; it is then bottled and after another period of about a year of rest in the bottle it is finally placed on the market.
Intense ruby red color with garnet rim. On the nose notes of ripe fruit such as wild berry jam and raspberry, blackberry and plum, with mineral and balsamic notes. Rich and intense bouquet of spices: roasted coffee, tobacco, black pepper, cloves and cinnamon in a very elegant and refined mix. Intense, explosive on the palate, with good initial softness and substance; the sip closes with a balanced acidity and silky tannins. Also in the finish it is elegant and long with flavors of toasting and dark chocolate.
Cepparello di Isole e Olena is perfect in combination with important and tasty dishes based on red meat or game. Given its great caliber, if left to rest for a few years in the cellar it also becomes a great meditation wine, to be enjoyed in every single nuance.