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(Paolo's) pride in his estate, on the western side of the Chianti Classico zone, is evident at every turn of the road... As we tour the vineyards or taste the wines, there is one theme to which De Marchi returns again and again: the typicity of Chianti. It is, for him, more than a philosophical or stylistic debate. It has to do with the relation of wine to the land on which the vines are grown.
- Stephen Brook (Decanter, May 2006)

Proprietor Paolo De Marchi has left an indelible and highly personal stamp on Isole e Olena, and all of Chianti Classico for that matter... De Marchi stands apart from many of his colleagues for his vocal opinions and intense dedication to the vineyard above all else. Since taking over his family’s estate... De Marchi has transformed Isole e Olena into a powerhouse.
- Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate, June 2012)

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Paolo De Marchi's vineyards, like those of Giovanni Manetti at Fontodi, are superbly tended. This, more than anything, yields wines of the quality that have kept them both ahead of the chasing pack for the past two decades. 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 planted new specialised vineyards and expanded the cellars. The estate has been run by Paolo De Marchi since 1976. Over the years, Paolo has become a leading expert on Sangiovese and travels across the world talking and teaching about this variety. 

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Depite the time these committments demand, he continues to makes the wine at Isole and is now investing a huge amount of energy, with the help of his elder son, Luca, in the old family estate in Piemonte, Proprieta Sperino. 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.

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The Isole e Olena label, on the other hand, is reserved for the traditional Tuscan wines one would expect of an estate in the Chianti Classico region. There's Chianti Classico, made from about 80% Sangiovese, Canaiolo, and (if the year requires it) up to 5% Syrah. Then there's Cepparello, "what Isole e Olena is all about," an extremely refined 100% Sangiovese table wine that would have been Paolo's Chianti Classico Riserva had the DOC commission allowed Chianti Classico to be made from just Sangiovese. Now that Chianti Classico can be made from just Sangiovese, we shall see what Paolo decides. Finally, there is Vinsanto, Tuscany's traditional wine of welcoming and conviviality, which is made from white grapes (Malvasia and Trebbiano) that are picked early in the harvest, allowed to wither into raisins, pressed in January, and then barrel-fermented and aged for 4 years before bottling. Paolo's yields are ridiculously small, and his Vinsanto is considered one of the top Italian dessert wines.

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Isole e Olena . In a tasting of  18 wines 

"New Italy" tasting with superb wines like from great vintage 2004 Masseto, Redigaffi, Messorio, Galatrona, Scrio etc.

18d 23h ago

 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  2 wines  from  Isole e Olena . In a tasting of  21 wines 

“This was the tasting hosted by one of Australia's top importers, Negociants, for their Working with Wine program. Run every two years, it is a wonderful event, a series of seminars with top winemakers around the country (Yquem is the next, later this year). This time it was Tuscany focusing on Antinori and Isole. ”

1y 5m ago

 Toshi Nakamoto, Sommelier (Japan)  tasted  1 wines  from  Isole e Olena . In a tasting of  8 wines 

“Isole e Olena Vin Santo 1997 / Absolutely one of the loveliest vin santo I have tasted. Such an intense amber colour with enormous viscosity. Very rich, dense, sweet, honeyed wine with nutty aromas and loads of sweet spices. Lusciously sweet, moderately high acidity and intense fruit with oxidative and nutty style make this elegantly oxidative full-bodied wine very appealing. The immense length is utterly charming. High alcohol of 18% is well integrated and dense oily texture is so thick. Amazing wine!”

1y 8m ago

 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Isole e Olena . In a tasting of  8 wines 

“Not my kind of reds... But a nice blind :)”

4y 9m ago

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