Vinous Isole e Olena, 2012 Isole e Olena Cepparello
"The 2012 Cepparello is magnificent. Radiant, pliant and super-expressive, the 2012 offers magnificent intensity, with silky tannins wrapped around a core of rich, dark-toned fruit. The intensity of the fruit suggests a warm vintage, but the structure is more medium in body and typical of a cooler year. Today, the 2012 gives the impression it will drink well pretty much upon release, but history has taught me Cepparello often shuts down in bottle. Either way, the 2012 is superb. -AG" –Sept 2015
James Suckling Isole e Olena, 2012 Isole e Olena Cepparello
"Pretty bright fruit with blackcurrant, violet and sandalwood aromas and flavors. Full body, firm and linear tannins and a fresh finish. Needs two or three years to soften. Cepparello is always a classic. Better in 2017."
Wine Advocate Isole e Olena, 2012 Isole e Olena Cepparello
"This is a landmark wine from Tuscany that continues to offer greatness even in the uneven vintages. The 2012 Cepparello is a gregarious and beautifully intense expression that speaks highly of this beautiful and somewhat isolated corner of the Chianti Classico appellation in Barberino Val d'Elsa. I must underline that this vintage is very different from the plump and extra round 2011 Cepparello that precedes it. In fact, I like the more austere style that is so confidently put on display in 2012. That streamlined power and forthcoming determination is well matched to the natural heft and density of this important Sangiovese-based wine. It shows excellent elegance, good tannin management and a somewhat trimmed down style. There's no extra fat here and the inner fruit stands tall as a result. The first vintage of Cepparello was made was 1980. -ML" –Oct 2015
The flagship wine consists of 100% Sangiovese aged in French oak barrels. Over the years, Paolo has refined his Cepparello
by giving it more air during vinification and increasing time spent in oak from 12-14 months to 18-20 months. Although De
Marchi started focusing on the use of better quality oak around 1993, it is the increased age of the vineyards themselves
that have given Cepparello its overall finesse. The wine is made from a top selection of the estate’s best fruits from the
vineyards in Barberino Val d’Elsa in the northern part of Chianti Classico.