Isole e Olena 2019 Chardonnay, Toscana IGT

Isole e Olena 2019 Chardonnay, Toscana IGT

Item Number: 15079

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub Region: Chianti Classico
Appellation/AVA: Toscana IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2019
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Soil Type: Limestone with clay

History: As Paolo De Marchi started using less and less white grapes in the Chianti Classico blend, he decided to use the best Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes to increase the production for Vin Santo and to make a still white table wine from a blend of the remaining grapes. After a few attempts, he realized that the best wine was one produced from 100% Chardonnay, so grafted Chardonnay onto his existing white vines. 1987 was the first vintage for the Collezione Privata Chardonnay. In 1989, a new vineyard was planted with five different clones from Burgundy, which came in to full production with the 1994 harvest.

Vinification: The Isole e Olena Chardonnay is made in a more Burgundian style than most in Italy. It remains on the lees in 1/3 new oak barrels for 10 months (up to 12 months depending on the vintage). During the first six months the lees are stirred in the Burgundian fashion.

95pts (2018 Vintage) Wine Advocate 9/30/2020
"The Isole e Olena 2018 Chardonnay Collezione Privata is a finely chiseled and precise expression. The wine benefits from cooler pre-harvest nighttime temperatures that have pushed aromas of apricot, waxy orchard fruit and sweet pear. The is a full-bodied white that remains remarkably light on its feet and lithe in character. This vintage achieves truly remarkable balance, and I don't say that lightly. Luscious primary fruit and toast are measured against the wine's racy acidity and its chalky finish. This is one of the best Chardonnays to be found in Tuscany. "

93pts (2018 Vintage) Vinous 9/18/2020
"The 2018 Chardonnay is so gorgeous. Lemon confit, white flowers, tangerine and apricot all grace this soft, beautifully polished Chardonnay from Isole e Olena. The 2018 is perfumed, gracious and incredibly expressive. It is also without question the finest Chardonnay made in Tuscany. "


  • Vinous
    Rating: 92 (9/21/2021)

    The 2019 Chardonnay Collezione Privata is an expressive, translucent wine. Apricot, mint, spice, tangerine peel and light tropical notes all race through this ethereal, super-classic Chardonnay. All the elements are nicely balanced. The 2019 offers an intriguing mix of mid-weight structure and a more overt, tropical flavor profile than I expected.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (10/7/2021)

    The 2019 Chardonnay Collezione Privata is a real achievement, especially in its natural ability to showcase varietal purity and textural importance in equal measure. The wine is fermented in oak and spends some time on the fine lees with frequent stirring. Aromas of poached pear, honey and stone fruit segue to a glossy note of latex or natural rubber that I personally find very attractive. The bouquet shows very light toast with some sweet nuttiness and almond paste. Drying mineral tones add a touch of linearity and extra elegance on the close.