In 2006, to celebrate his 30th year as a winegrower, Paolo created a “reserve” bottling by combining selected barrels of his Cepparello, with a careful selection of his best Syrah, and a small amount of Cabernet Franc. Initially his intent was to produce a limited bottling for the extended De Marchi family. When the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico (the self-governing group of growers in the Classico zone) created a new classification for a specific type of Chianti, produced entirely from the acknowledged “finest vineyard sites,” with very demanding production regulations, it was natural for Paolo to apply for the designation with this bottling.
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.