The Isole e Olena 2016 Chardonnay Collezione Privata is a solid and tight expression that should hold steady over the course of the next decade. The bouquet is redolent of apricot, tropical fruit, honey and toasted pine nut. You are also treated to a pure note of flinty minerality that always comes through in this wine. This Chardonnay requires a few extra years of bottle aging before it reaches its optimal drinking phase. The wine is barrique aged on the lees for 11 months, with just 30% new oak. Some 22,000 bottles were produced.
- October, 2018, Monica Larner