Isole e Olena 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Toscana IGT
Item Number: 14688
Sub Region: Chianti Classico
Appellation/AVA: Toscana IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 90% Cabernet Sauvignon / 8% Cabernet Franc / 2% Petit Verdot and Merlot
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Elevation: 1,310 feet
Vinification Notes: The Isole e Olena estate is planted to 5 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes are usually harvested by hand in the second half of October. The must macerates on the skins for four weeks. During this time, delestage and pumping over take place twice a day. After malolactic fermentation is complete, the wine is racked into barrel. 100% of the wine ages in barrel for 24 months: 40% new oak (French and 2% American). The wine is released 2 years after bottling. It will keep for about 15 years.
Tasting Notes: Blended with a little Cabernet Franc, this wine is reminiscent of "old school" Cabernets that have a wonderful restraint to them. It is mineral with sandy/dusty tannins. Dark fruit flavors combine with herbal notes to create a complex and elegant palate.
98pts (2016 Vintage) Vinous 9/18/2020
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is among the finest Cabernet Sauvignons in Italy. High altitude sites in Barberino yield a distinctly mid-weight, elegant, savory Cabernet that is all about reserve. Dark plum, espresso, licorice, menthol and sage start to emerge with a bit of air, but the 2016 is a wine that demands cellaring. Over the years, I have had the good fortune to taste every vintage of the Isole e Olena Cabernet. It is one of the great under the radar wines of Tuscany. The 2016 takes its place with the very finest editions."
96pts (2016 Vintage) Wine Advocate 9/30/2020
"The Isole e Olena 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Collezione Privata opens nicely to show rich but balanced concentration and generous aromas of dark fruit, plum, exotic spice and fragrant cedar wood. I tasted the wine at two intervals in time, once when the bottle was first opened and a second time the following day from the same bottle. The wine opens generously, showing a fluid and steady evolution of aromas that starts with some tart fruit and forest floor, later to develop into the softer and sensuous flavors I have described above. The tannins are delicately woven into the greater fiber of the wine to offer support without any sharpness. The entire drinking experience is seamless and smooth."