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2019 Isole e Olena Cepparello IGT

2019 Isole e Olena Cepparello IGT

Producer: Isole e Olena

Region: Toscana

Country: Italy

Grapes: 100% Sangiovese

Vintage: 2019

ABV: 15%

Vivino: 4.4
Drink By: 2045

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Occasional Wine Note: Holy Sangiovese! This is a beautiful Super Tuscan that would be a star in any cellar. Sangiovese at its most elegant.

  • Wine Advocate

    Critic Score: 97

    One of the icon wines of Tuscany, the Isole e Olena 2019 Cepparello is all Sangiovese crafted by the loving hands of a winemaking legend, the great Paolo De Marchi (who finalized the sale of his beloved estate when this wine hit the market). Indeed, this wine opens a discussion on the future of this celebrated IGT Toscana, a wine that followed a strict vision and style under De Marchi. It is elegant and rich with fine aromas of black and purple fruit. It ferments in oak and ages in French barrique for 20 months, with one-third new oak. With 58,000 bottles released, this is a sure candidate for long cellar aging.

  • Vinous

    Critic Score: 96

    The 2019 Cepparello has closed down quite a bit since I tasted it last year, as if all of its energy is focused inward. That won't be an issue in another few years' time, but for now readers should resist any temptation to open bottles. Time in the glass brings out gorgeous Sangiovese fruit, along with hints of blood orange, spice, cedar, mint and tobacco, all wrapped together by plush, silky contours. The purity of the fruit is just striking. In 2019, Cepparello is more finesse than power. I expect it will age beautifully over the next several decades.

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