Isole e Olena owner and winemaker Paolo de Marchi, is a legend in Tuscany and in the wider world of wine. His obsession with Sangiovese has led him to study the grape at a genetic level in pursuit of a greater understanding of the grape and striving for perfection in winemaking.
His own biggest critic, Paolo’s wine are appreciated around the world be discerning oenophiles and those who appreciate the complexity of the wine as well as the pains taken in their production.
The great ambassador of Italian wine. The Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG from Isole e Olena showcases a complex latticework of dark fruit and spice. Multilayered with seemingly unending depth, this wine circles perfection as much as any Italian wine.
'The 2010 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione is extraordinary. A wine of pedigree and class, the 2010 boasts magnificent intensity and depth yet never comes across as heavy. The flavors are layered, nuanced and beautifully delineated in the glass. Plum, black cherry, spice, menthol and sweet spices are laced into the exquisite finish. The 2010 is a stunner today, but also has plenty of upside for the future. A reduction of time in barrel vis-a-vis the 2006 has paid off handsomely. The 2010 is going to be expensive, but it is worth every penny. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot round out the blend.'
98+ points Antonio Galloni, Vinous