Isole e Olena Cepparello Tuscany IGT 2008


2008 is an outstanding year that needs time.

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2008 has a brilliant nose of sweet herbs, flowers with dark fruits and oak. It is a big wine and really needs time in the bottle to mellow. I wouldn’t look at it until 2023. If you can’t wait that long give it a good decant and something gamey like pigeon or hare.

Cepparello is 100% Sangiovese and one of the few Super Tuscans that went for this option instead of using Merlot, Cabernet or Syrah. It is bold, dry and earthy when young. After about 15 years is the magic time.

Isole e Olena began in 1950 and is now considered a great estate in Tuscany and was one of the pioneers of the reforming of Chianti with the wines now known collectively as the Super Tuscans. Cepparello is their flagship and their Chianti Classico is stunning too.

Chianti Classico DOCG – Italy’s most famous wine region. Beautiful lightly wooded rolling hills covered in vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees. The reds from Chianti Classico received its greatest boost in quality from being awarded the much more stringent DOCG rating.

Central Italy – When most people think of Central Italy they think of Tuscany. Not surprisingly because Chianti is an ocean of vineyards within the winegrowing region of Central Tuscany. Chianti produces more than 750000 hectolitres of wine each year. Tuscany’s wine history starts somewhere in the 8th-5th Century BCE when it was part of Etruria. Vernaccia from San Gimignano and reds from Montepulciano were known and loved before the Renaissance. The Tuscany we know now started in 19th Century with Chianti gaining the ascendancy. Brunello di Montalcino debuted in 1888 and the Super Tuscans took shape in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Sangiovese – Widely cultivated across Italy from Emilia-Romagna to Campania and producing as much wine as Barbera. A wide range of clones and hugely diverse growing conditions sees the variety represent easy drinking ‘quaffers’, all the way to benchmarks such as Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti, Sangiovese di Romagna and Morellino di Scansano.

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