In the glass, the wine has a glass staining, blue-purple color, almost black at the center, with flashes of strawberry red at the edge. Penetrating aromas of sun-warmed blackberry preserves, Santa Rosa plums, and Moraiola olives, along with fleeting suggestions of sugared bacon, black licorice, freshly cut irises, and cuoio fiorentino (the fine Florentine leather always called to mind in the aromatics of great Tuscan wine) move in and out of the foreground as the nose evolves in the glass.
On the palate, the wine is solid and well-defined, at the same time vibrant, refreshing, and elegant, with a dense sweet core of black-fruit flavors seasoned with saline galestro minerality, and an exuberant, pristine finish punctuated by silky, fine-grained tannins.
Stylistically, the wine is cunningly beautiful. It draws you in with calmness and candor. And then you realize that even though the voice is clearly Syrah, the language is pure, resonant Toscana.
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.