Isole e Olena (375 ml) 2008 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC

Isole e Olena (375 ml) 2008 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC

Item Number: 13808

UPC: 8-032049308016

Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub Region: Chianti Classico
Appellation/AVA: Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2008
Grape(s): 65% Malvasia del Chianti / 35% Trebbiano
Type: Wine - Dessert
Bottle Size: 375 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13

Winemaking Notes: Making Vin Santo is a painstaking process. Individual bunches of Malvasia and Trebbiano are manually harvested early to preserve acidity and then either hung to dry or placed on wooden mats to dry until sugar levels reach the desired point. Isole e Olena uses bamboo mats for drying; the grapes dry for 3-5 months. The dried grapes are then pressed. The thick must is placed in oak and chestnut barrels of varying size that are filled three-quarters full. Fermentation initiates with a dose of “mother” Vin Santo. Then the barrels are sealed with wax and left unopened for 6 years in the “vinsantaia,” which is the term for the designated Vin Santo room usually in the attic. However, Paolo de Marchi moved his Isole e Olena's vinsantaia to the ground floor in 1991. Although it forgoes tradition, he believes having the barrels closer to the cool ground helps preserve acidity and prevent a “cooked” taste to the wine. The Vin Santo is left in contact with its lees, neither racked nor filtered, during the aging process. As the Vin Santo ferments and ages, much of the wine evaporates through the porous, old barrels. As a result, the Vin Santo is essentially a fully-oxidized wine.

Tasting Notes: Golden amber in color, the Isole e Olena Vin Santo shows orange marmalade, toffee, apricots, honey, and vanilla notes show on a luscious palate.

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 96 (8/22/2019)

    The 2008 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico is fabulous. Rich, deep and exotically beautiful, the 2008 has so much to offer. Ten years in small casks yielded a Vin Santo loaded with personality, complexity and character. Orange confit, burnt sugar, dried herbs, spice and caramel are some of the many notes that lift out of the glass. A touch of Petit Manseng (unusual in Vin Santo) helps brighten the acids. If I had to pick only one bottle to demonstrate what Vin Santo is all about, it might very well be Isole e Olena's 2008, as it is a real reference-point of both excellence and pedigree.
  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 95 (10/31/2019)

    Thickly textured and bursting with honey, hazelnut torte, butter and nutty flavors, this is saturated and searing from vivid acidity. Everything is harmonious, and this lingers for what seems like a minute on the finish. Difficult to stop sipping. Drink now through 2033.