In a good large glass, this finely chiseled Chardonnay glows with a saturated, golden wheat color. Penetrating aromas of lemon verbena, orange blossoms, and Honeycrisp apples move in and out of the foreground, sometimes alternating with fleeting suggestions of fresh white peaches and dried honeycomb seasoned with baking spices, nutmeg, and thyme. On the palate, the wine is generous and multi-layered, at the same time, light on its feet, with a delicious, creamy texture, and a solid, shimmering core of limestone-infused Chardonnay flavors. Fine and vibrant, as if it were a Germain Meursault that had been amplified by the Tuscan morning sun. Drink now – 2027, at just a bit cooler than cellar temperature. And give it time. No less than fine white Burgundy, this terrific Chardonnay is a perfect example of a fine wine that puts on weight as it evolves in the glass.
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.