2017 Isole e Olena 'Cepparello' Tuscany


The critics have nothing but love for this ‘nothing-but-Sangiovese' stunner from Tuscany. As this house has matured, their flagship wine has just gotten better and better. The vines are older now and the time spent in oak is longer. Galloni calls this vintage “another in a series of stunningly beautiful Cepparellos from Paolo DeMarchi.” Complex and built to age, Paolo has pulled off another winner – be sure to claim your trophy from your Scout.

Paolo de Marchi
20 months
Oak Treatment:
French oak barrels;30% New
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Sangiovese
Alcohol %:
SKU #:
750 ml Bottle


The 2017 Cepparello is another in a series of stunningly beautiful Cepparellos from Paolo de Marchi. Bright and beautifully focused in the glass, with tremendous depth, the 2017 is positively stellar from the very first taste. Succulent dark cherry, plum, licorice, spice, menthol and coffee all open up with a bit of air. Here, too, Paolo De Marchi has done a tremendous job in preserving freshness in the wine. Readers who can muster the patience will be rewarded with a spectacular wine.


James Suckling

A beautifully linear and refined sangiovese with polished tannins and super tight fruit. Yet, it shows subtle complexity of blackberries, black cherries and dark chocolate. Some hazelnuts. Intense, vibrant finish with a creamy texture. Extremely well done for this hot, dry vintage. Drink after 2023.


Wine Advocate

The Isole e Olena 2017 Cepparello is one of the great Sangiovese-based wines of the vintage. From a growing season that was challenging for almost everyone in Italy, this wine sails through, pushed by a profound sense of varietal purity. This dark, mid-weight red reveals lifted tones of cherry, wild rose, rosemary essence, toasted almond and potting soil. These components come together with seamless transitions and a polished finish. The tannins are elegant and integrated. The wine defies the expectations of the vintage. Production is 43,000 bottles, 1,800 magnums and more large formats (including six- and 12-liter bottles).


Wine Enthusiast

Scorched earth, new leather, ripe black-skinned berry and balsamic whiffs of camphor and cedar form the nose. Smooth and juicy, the savory palate delivers ripe Morello cherry, mature plum, toasted hazelnut and ground clove set against velvety, enveloping tannins. Drink 2022–2029.