Isole e Olena (375 ml) 2006 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC

Isole e Olena (375 ml) 2006 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC

Item Number: 8559

UPC: 8-032049305015

Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub Region: Tuscany
Appellation/AVA: Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2006
Grape(s): 65% Malvasia del Chianti / 35% Trebbiano
Type: Wine - Dessert
Bottle Size: 375 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Soil Type: Galestro soils (clay/slate mix)

Winemaking Notes: Making Vin Santo is a painstaking process. Individual bunches of excellent grapes are manually harvested (early, to preserve acidity) and then hung to dry on wooden poles or reed trays ( "cannicci" ) until the sugar level reaches the desired point. The grapes are dried for 3-5 months for Isole e Olena's Vin Santo. The dried grapes are pressed and the thick must is placed in oak and chestnut barrels of varying size ( "caratelli" ), filled three-quarters full. Fermentation is initiated with a dose of “mother” Vin Santo, then the barrels are sealed with wax and left unopened for 6 years, generally in an attic. During this time the wine is neither racked nor filtered. Paolo then must carefully blend wines from different barrels to achieve the final wine he desires.

Tasting Notes: Orange marmalade, toffee, apricots, honey, vanilla notes on a luscious palate. It’s golden amber in color with a fresh finish.

Food Pairing:  Pumpkin Pie

94pts (2007 Vintage) Wine Advocate 4/28/2017
"The 2007 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico (375-milliliters) aims high in terms of residual sugar (at 215 grams per liter), but you'd hardly know. This dessert wine shows great integration with sweet notes of candied fruit, honey, caramel and almond marzipan. There are floral notes as well with jasmine and honeysuckle, but you also get dusty mineral tones and some herbal notes tucked in at the back. This is a medium-bodied wine with enough balanced acidity to keep it light, tonic and refreshing. As always, Isole e Olena produces one of the most elegant and ethereal Vin Santos in Chianti Classico."

Reviews

  • Vinous
    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.
  • 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.