In the 1970s, the Classico zone of Chianti was in a state of flux. A total reorganization of plantings and expectations for the region led many producers, most notably Paolo De Marchi, to experiment with grape varieties from outside the region in an effort to better understand the relationship between clonal selections and quality.
Planting “international” varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, and Chardonnay helped Paolo discover the nobility of the region's native Sangiovese. Along the way, Paolo also proved that his small part of Tuscany could produce world-class wines from more familiar grapes that showcased the unique character of Tuscany.
His Cabernet Sauvignon has consistently been recognized as among this most expressive examples grown anywhere. Lengthy, well-resolved tannins complement and balance a soft impression of red currents, toasted anise and sweet earth on the palate.
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.