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Isole e Olena (375ml), 2015, Chianti Classico

Red, Old World, Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

Lightish with sour cherries and dark fruits. Ideal with grilled meats and roasts and, of course, hard cheeses.

Why we recommend this wine
A family run winemaker with an excellent reputation – what more does one need?

The wine
’15 was a very good vintage in Tuscany and this wine will need some time to express itself – so open and, preferably, decant about an hour before drinking.
The wine making seems quite intensive involving fermentation in tank together with 15 days of maceration, délestage (or 'rack and return' in order to separate grape juice and grape solids) and pumping-over twice a day. Maturation lasted one year and took place in barrel (of which 5% was new oak) and 4,000 litre oak casks.
The wine is suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians.

The wine estate
The name 'Isole e Olena' came about in the 1950s when two adjoining estates, 'Isole' and 'Olena', were purchased by the De Marchi family and combined to form one. The history of both estates dates back many hundreds of years, and the earliest documentation of the village of Olena goes as far back as the 12th century. During the 1950s, the De Marchi family expanded the cellars and planted vineyards on the poor soils on hillside sites that had been abandoned when quantity took precedent over quality.
Isole e Olena is situated in the western part of Chianti Classico, just north of the village of Castellina. Its 45 hectares of vineyard are situated between 350 - 450 metres above sea level, and are planted primarily on galestro soil. Because the western flank of Chianti is open to breezes from the sea, this is a much cooler part of the zone, and results in wines that are lighter but more scented and elegant than many others.
Today, the estate is run by the third generation with wine making experience.
Their website seems to be under construction but more info is here

Food and wine
This wine although lightish has the acid and tannins to cut through fat so an ideal match for lightish meat and vegetable dishes.
Refer also to our food and wine pairing guide, click here

Did you know?
During the 70s and 80s excellent wines emerged in Tuscany that did not comply with the strict rules for wines from the area (for example, a wine was excluded from the title of Chianti Classico because it was 100 percent Sangiovese) so they were classified as Vino da Tavola, or table wine. They became known as the Super Tuscans. They were given the title of Toscana IGT in 1992.

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