2013 Isole e Olena 'Cepparello'

$74.95
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WA97VN96

Our wine scouts are still talking about the last time we tasted this wine in a training session. It is an absolutely breathtaking expression of what is consistently one of the greatest Sangiovese-based wines made in Tuscany. The Wine Advocate's Monica Larner named it one of her Top 3 Most Outstanding New or Current Releases of 2016, and called it “Hands down beautiful, a creation of stunning elegance and balance. [It] delivers an exceptionally soft and mellow bouquet with slightly sweet sensations of ripe cherry and fragrant blue flower. Soft tones of spice and cinnamon bring up the rear. The wine is medium to full in terms of body weight, and the finish is driven by cool tones of balsam and menthol herb…2013 Cepparello (100% Sangiovese) is one of the best wines I tasted from Tuscany this year.”


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Varietal:
Sangiovese
Winemaker:
Paolo De Marchi
Vintage:
2013
Aging:
18 to 20 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak
Country of Origin:
Italy
Appellation:
Tuscany
Sub-Appellation:
Chianti Classico
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Sangiovese
Score Wine Advocate:
97
Score Vinous:
96
SKU #:
1WISO13IR3CB
WA97

Wine Advocate

Hands down beautiful, The 2013 Cepparello is a creation of stunning elegance and balance. A pure expression of Sangiovese, this wine undergoes a sophisticated oak regime that sees ageing in various barrel sizes and barrique of various ages. It lives 18 months of its life in French and 3% American oak before being released. This vintage (that is cooler compared to 2012 and 2011) delivers an exceptionally soft and mellow bouquet with slightly sweet sensations of ripe cherry and fragrant blue flower. Soft tones of spice and cinnamon bring up the rear. The wine is medium to full in terms of body weight, and the finish is driven by cool tones of balsam and menthol herb. The 2013 Cepparello is one of my favorite wines of the vintage.

VN96

Vinous

The 2013 Cepparello is superb. Polished, silky nuanced and exceptionally beautiful, the 2013 exudes freshness and energy from start to finish. Succulent red cherry, plum, lavender and rose petal are some of the signatures. Aging in French oak shapes the wine nicely without marking it excessively. The purity of the flavors is striking. This is an especially cool, savory Cepparello built on finesse and persistence rather than power. Rain during harvest robbed the wine of some of its breadth. Otherwise, this is a striking Cepparello. I can't wait to see how it ages.