This wine is produced from 100% Syrah grapes, which are harvested from a small vineyard that Paolo De Marchi planted with vines of Syrah clones from the Rhône region of France. After fermentation, the wine is aged in French and American oak barrels (20-25% new) for one year. In the glass, the wine is almost black, with flashes of ruby just at the edge. Penetrating aromas of amarena cherries, sun-warmed black raspberry preserves, and dried peppercorns, along with fleeting suggestions of lavender, sage, black licorice, and truffles move in and out of the foreground as the wine evolves in the glass. The palate has a dense core of sweet black fruit flavors, with silky tannins and saline minerality.
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.