At once delicate and intense, Paolo’s Vin Santo - the ancient wine of celebrations - is a prime example of this philosophy. Made from white grapes (Malvasia and Trebbiano) harvested early, they are allowed to wither into raisins, then pressed and barrel fermented the following January.
Sweet spice, honey and toasted almonds are the first impressions on the nose, dried orange and exotic fruit follow closely behind balanced by a fresh, focused acidity: a complexity achieved only by eiswein and the best Sauternes.
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.