Isole e Olena

Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Chianti Classico, Tuscany
People: Paolo De Marchi, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic


Isole e Olena 2014 Chardonnay, Toscana IGT Login AG 91 WA 91+ In Stock
Isole e Olena 2015 Chardonnay, Toscana IGT Login WA 93+
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In the 1950s, the De Marchi family purchased two adjoining estates in the heart of the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany to create the Isole e Olena winery. The vineyard is situated about 400 meters above sea level and 42 of the 290 hectares are in production.

The family implemented cellar and vineyard improvements to these two estates, the oldest of which dates back to the 12th century. Paolo De Marchi has been running the property since 1976, and is the fourth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business. Paolo was raised in Piemonte, and also makes Nebbiolo-centric wine in that region at a family estate.

In Tuscany, Paolo has focused on both traditional Sangiovese wines and international varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Chardonnay. Isole e Olena 'Cepparello,' Paolo’s flagship wine, introduced in 1980, is a 100% Sangiovese wine that set the standard for the pure Sangiovese movement.

Vinous Media by Antonio Galloni 9/2015
"Paolo De Marchi remains one of the most forward-thinking producers in Italy. His 100% Sangiovese Cepparello was a ground -breaking wine in the 1980s, when Sangiovese was four-letter word and international varieties were all the rage. Now the Gran Selezione is hot and there has never been more focus on pure Sangiovese in Chianti Classico. So what does De Marchi do? Simply make one of the greatest Tuscan wines ever with his 2010 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, which is, ironically, a blend of Sangiovese and Bordeaux varieties. So, now the top wine at Isole e Olena - an estate that has championed Sangiovese for three-plus decades (far before it was fashionable to do so) - is now a blend. In 2011, De Marchi added a dollop of Trebbiano to freshen up his Cepparello. What's old is new again? At the end of the day, none of that really matters. 'I want to make the best wine I can. Period,' says De Marchi in his typical self-deprecating style. Make no mistake about it, these are some of the greatest wines being made anywhere in the world. Chapeau."


  • Isole e Olena (375 ml) 2006 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC
    Rating: 94 (9/1/2015)

    The 2006 Vin Santo is quite powerful and viscous in the glass, perhaps a bit more so than is the norm. An exotic mélange of dried fig, honey, sage, baking spices and sweet herbs are all thrust forward. This is one of the most intense Vin Santos I can remember tasting at Isole e Olena. The 220 grams of residual sugar are clearly felt in the wine's heft, yet all the elements are in the right place.
  • Isole e Olena (375 ml) 2006 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 96 (10/1/2015)

    The 2006 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico is a divine dessert wine that boasts the best of this labor-intensive winemaking tradition. Vintners who make Vin Santo will always tell you that they do so for passion. The quantities are so small and the commercial margins so thin, pure passion is the only reason someone would embark on this kind of project. Happily for us wine lovers, people like Paolo De Marchi have that passion. His Vin Santo is one of the best available today. The wine is impeccable and beautiful inside and out. Caramel, maple syrup, roasted pine nut and dried apricot emerge from the bouquet. I find this wine to be simply irresistible for those with a sweet tooth and those without.
  • Isole e Olena 2014 Chardonnay, Toscana IGT
    Rating: 91 (10/1/2016)

    The 2014 Chardonnay Collezione Privata is bright, focused and tense, with all of the depth that is such a signature here. Tropical fruit, white flowers, orange peel, chamomile and lightly buttered notes open up nicely, with beams of salinity that give the wine its freshness and verve. This is an especially bold, savory Chardonnay, but it also maintains terrific energy.
  • Isole e Olena 2014 Chianti Classico DOCG
    Rating: 89+ (10/1/2016)

    The 2014 Chianti Classico is one of the prettiest and most refined wines of the vintage. Sweet red cherry, raspberry, mint and white pepper give the 2014 much of its signature brightness and vibrancy. The cool, late-ripening season produced a lithe Chianti Classico with salivating acidity and mid-weight structure. Of course, those are qualities the Isole e Olena wines tend to have in most vintages, but in 2014, they are accentuated. I imagine the biting acidity will give the 2014 many years of life in the cellar. The 2014 has all the potential to be one of the sleepers of this vintage.
  • Isole e Olena 2014 Chardonnay, Toscana IGT
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91+ (12/30/2016)

    Beautifully opulent and rich, the 2014 Chardonnay Collezione Privata defies the difficulties of the vintage. This is a beautiful white wine with fragrant tones of stone fruit, honey and vanilla. In the mouth, it offers rich texture and medium density. Chardonnay grapes are fermented in oak (one -hird is new) and the wine rests on the lees for up to 12 months depending on the vintage.
  • Isole e Olena 2014 Chianti Classico DOCG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (12/30/2016)

    This wine offers excellent value and with 160,000 bottles produced, it should be easy to find. The 2014 Chianti Classico is 80% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 5% Syrah, aged in small and large oak barrels for one year. It offers beautifully polished and fine aromas of wild berry, toasted almond, grilled herb and blue violet. Compared to its peers from this difficult vintage, this wine offers noticeably more definition and depth.
  • Isole e Olena 2015 Chardonnay, Toscana IGT
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93+ (4/28/2017)

    This white wine hits all the high notes with impeccable precision. The 2015 Chardonnay Collezione Privata shows two sides to the bouquet. On one hand you get generous fruit tones of apricot and preserved lemon with the opulent fullness that characterizes this excellent vintage. On the other hand, you get delicate notes of flint and brimstone that give the wine a linear sense of backbone and persistence. The mouthfeel is driven by freshness, medium build and a very long finish. This is a terrific Chardonnay from Tuscany.