Cepparello is one of the iconic Tuscan wines. A pure, vibrant and complex varietal Sangiovese.
The grapes for Cepparello come from the best sites on the estates. Situated 400 metres above sea level, facing south-west, soils are primarily galestro, a schistous clay. The name Cepparello is taken from an old stream, Borro Cepparello, originating in the highest point of the vineyards on the Isole e Olena estate. Facing south-west, soils are primarily galestro, a schistous clay. Aromas of red fruits and cherries along with a touch of spice from the expert use of oak. On the palate, ripe fruit and well-balanced structure produce an elegant wine with soft tannins and long length.
Producer: Isole e Olena
Region/Country: Tuscany, Italy
Production Method: Delestage and pumping over twice a day to give wines of good colour and soft tannins. The maceration tank was emptied of fermenting must, the cap allowed to dry out for two to three hours and then the must poured back over the cap. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was racked into barrels. It was 100% barrel-aged, a third in new French and American oak (5% of total), a third in one year old oak and the remaining third was put into two year old oak.
Style: The nose shows aromas of red fruits and cherries along with a touch of spice from the well-judged use of oak. The palate opens to ripe fruit and the well-balanced structure of a great Cepparello, as well as elegant, soft tannins and a persistent finish.
Pairing Suggestion: Game, Italian dishes, grilled meats, roast dishes
Profile: Sangiovese is Italy's most planted grape variety, and the most dominant in Central Italy where it is responsible for some of the world's classic wines. Sangiovese has a broad flavour spectrum, ranging through mulberries, prunes, spice, tobacco, sometimes leather and chestnuts with a tendency toward extreme savouriness rather than fruit sweetness. When yields are low, as they typically are in the Classico zones and Brunello, the wines produced show extreme concentration and great longevity. There are few better pleasures than a mature Sangiovese. As with Nebbiolo, it is rather unfortunate that Sangiovese has rarely been mastered outside of its traditional home.
Classic Regions: Chianti, Brunello, Marche, Emilia-Romagna (Italy), McLaren Vale (Australia)
Isole e Olena
The name 'Isole e Olena' came about in the 1950s when two adjoining estates, 'Isole' and 'Olena', were purchased by the De Marchi family and combined to form one. The history of both estates dates back many hundreds of years, and the earliest documentation of the village of Olena goes as far back as the 12th century. Isole e Olena is situated in the western part of Chianti Classico, just north of the village of Castellina. Because the western flank of Chianti is open to breezes from the sea, this is a much cooler part of the zone, and results in wines that are lighter but more scented and elegant. They are one of the historic and iconic producers of Tuscany.