Named for the Borro Cepparello, a tiny stream that originates above the highest vineyard at Isole e Olena, the wine is made from perfect clusters of Sangiovese, carefully selected and hand-harvested from the best parcels on the estate. The juice macerates in large oak vats, and the wine matures for at least eighteen months in French barriques, of which a third are new. After bottling, the wine remains in the cellar for another full year before release. The Cepparello 2017 has a dark garnet color, nearly opaque at the center, with flashes of ruby red just at the edge. Aromas of ripe black cherries and sotto bosco are the first to emerge on the nose (a hallmark of well-farmed Chianti Classico), along with sun-warmed blackberries, faded rose petals, and cuoio fiorentino (the fine Florentine leather always called to mind in the aromatics of great Tuscan wine). On the palate, the wine is juicy and opulent, with a dense sweet core of brambly black fruit seasoned with crushed peppercorns, eucalyptus, and mint, all perfectly framed in sleek, graceful, micro fine-grained tannins. The fine galestro minerality carries the flavors through an endless, elegant finish. Drink now-2035+.
About this wine producer: In the 1970’s, Paolo De Marchi came to the Isole e Olena estate, which his family had previously purchased in the Chianti Classico region of Italy. Since this time, Paolo has extensively replanted the approximately 50 hectares (125 acres) of vineyards, based on his experimentation regarding planting density, soil composition, and clonal selection. A key aspect of Paolo’s success is his desire to incorporate scientific research with the traditions of the region. This allows him to produce high quality grapes and wines that express the true character of Tuscany. Today, Paolo De Marchi is known worldwide for his Chianti Classico wines and his iconic Cepparello, made from 100% Sangiovese. He also produces exceptional wines from his plantings of “international” varieties. As with his Sangiovese-based wines, Paolo’s Isole e Olena Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay varietal wines demonstrate both the characteristics of the grapes, as well as the influence of the Tuscan terroir.