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Isole e Olena Cepparello 2020

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Vintage: 2020
  • WS 96
  • WA 96
  • DEC 93
  • JS 94
  • VIN 97
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    The Isole e Olena Cepparello 2020 is a total game-changer in the world of wine, thanks to Paolo de Marchi. This guy’s a wine wizard, and his latest creation is like nothing else. It’s made entirely from the best Sangiovese grapes of 2020 and has been chilling in French oak barrels, showing just how serious they are about making top-notch wine. Since around 1993, this wine has just been getting better and better, and a lot of that is thanks to their vineyards in Barberino Val d’Elsa, right in the prime zone of Chianti Classico, Italy. It’s a beautiful spot that’s perfect for growing grapes.

    When you pour a glass of this wine, you’re hit with this amazing bright ruby color that just looks inviting. It’s got this wild mix of smells that’ll take you from sweet flowers to fresh berries with a bit of spice thrown in. Tasting it is another adventure. It’s got layers of flavors, like red cherries and a touch of earthiness, all balanced out with this deep, savory taste and smooth tannins that are typical for a Sangiovese from Toscana in 2020.

    Critics can’t get enough of it. It’s been praised left and right for being rich and full of flavors like cherry, strawberry, and Tuscan herbs. It’s a wine that’s expected to just get better with age, peaking from 2025 to 2045. Wine Spectator even gave it a 96 out of 100! Paolo De Marchi really outdid himself with this one, especially since he’s thinking about retiring. It’s like his goodbye letter, packed with flavors of dark plum, redcurrant, and a bunch of other stuff, all at a perfect 13.5% alcohol.

    Other wine experts, like Decanter and James Suckling, say it’s still got a lot of room to grow, pointing out its bright cherry taste and how it finishes with a strong, yet balanced, touch. Vinous is all about its bold character and the deep flavors, from dark fruit to a bit of herbal and floral action, calling it a standout representation of the 2020 vintage.

    When you stack it up against the 2019 version, the 2020 Cepparello is just on another level with its refined taste and complexity. It’s a shining example of how the winery keeps pushing the boundaries, mixing old-school techniques with new ideas right in the heart of Italy. For anyone who’s into wine, the Isole e Olena Cepparello 2020 is like a sneak peek into the future of Italian winemaking.

    28 reviews for Isole e Olena Cepparello 2020

    1. Claudia Mallari

      The Isole e Olena Cepparello Red is a true delight, with a heady blend of cherry and leather. The winemaker Paolo De Marchi has outdone himself with this Toscana Sangiovese 2020.

    2. Mary Rodriquez

      Isole Italy really shines through in the Cepparello, with strong undertones of black cherry and tobacco. This 2019 Isole e Olena Cepparello will transport you straight to Toscana IGT Cepparello!

    3. Miguel Raabe

      It’s no surprise that the cepparello is rated 97 by Vinous. The flavors of strawberry and balsamic are perfectly balanced.

    4. James Miller

      Absolutely loved the Isole e Olena Cepparello Red. The cherry and oak flavor is so rich and the hint of vanilla is just divine!

    5. Lynda Likens

      The highly popular cepparello is a burst of flavors. The violet and cranberry notes are simply delightful.

    6. Scott Mcconnel

      The rich flavors of licorice and pepper make the Isole e Olena Cepparello Red a unique experience. And the service by Fame and Lounge? Simply top-notch.

    7. Kimberly Collison

      The espresso and cream flavor in the Isole e Olena Cepparello Red is just decadent. Can’t wait for my next order!

    8. Jon Sawyer

      The highly popular Cepparello is a must-try. The notes of vanilla and red fruit are beautifully balanced. Kudos to Fame and Lounge for the great after-service and very competitive prices.

    9. Ronald Phillips

      Rated 97 by Vinous and 96 points by Wine Spectator & Wine Advocate, this wine is a steal. The flavors of chocolate, smoke, and cedar make the Isole e Olena Cepparello Red a standout.

    10. Jeremiah Jarvis

      The great after service by fame and lounge is commendable. The cepparello with its pepper and red cherry notes was a treat!

    11. Donald Luckhardt

      The forest floor and red plum flavor in the cepparello is so distinct. A real treat for wine lovers.

    12. Bobby Uriarte

      The graphite flavor in the Isole e Olena Cepparello Red is so intriguing. A unique experience!

    13. Jose Damewood

      The Isole e Olena Cepparello Red is a treat for any wine lover. The flavors of earthy raspberry and blackberry are unforgettable. Plus, free shipping on 6 bottles? Yes, please!

    14. Dorothy Jackson

      The cassis and tar flavor in the cepparello is so unique. Definitely worth the hype!

    15. Lindsay Skelton

      The cigar and mocha flavor in the cepparello is so luxurious. An absolute must for wine enthusiasts!

    16. Kelly Gibson

      The very competitive prices by fame and lounge make the cepparello an absolute steal. The dark fruit and coffee flavor is just so indulgent.

    17. Stephanie Sell

      The 96 points by Wine Spectator & Wine Advocate for the cepparello is well deserved. The mushroom and dried herb flavor is a winner.

    18. Aaron Reinhardt

      The winemaker Paolo De Marchi has outdone himself with the isole e olena cepparello. Loved the blackcurrant and sour cherry notes.

    19. Clarence Sanders

      The hint of mint and cocoa in the Isole e Olena Cepparello Red is a refreshing twist. Loved every sip!

    20. Lillie Seal

      The cepparello is a perfect blend of flavors. The mix of raspberry and black fruit is a real delight!

    21. Lydia Davis

      The 2019 isole e olena cepparello is a gem! The flavors of blackberry and chocolate stole the show. Highly recommend!

    22. Tamara Rodriguez

      Got my Toscana IGT cepparello with free shipping on 6 bottles. The cedar and licorice flavor just blew me away.

    23. Sharon Koch

      The toscana sangiovese 2020 from isole italy, is an experience. The earthy undertone and the black cherry punch is unforgettable.

    24. Paul Wood

      The Isole e Olena Cepparello Red with its notes of coffee, blackcurrant, and sour cherry is a delight to the senses. Rated highly by Vinous, Wine Spectator, & Wine Advocate, it’s a winner.

    25. Ignacio Underwood

      The isole e olena cepparello with its blueberry and dark chocolate flavor is a feast for the taste buds. A must-try!

    26. Ollie Hernandez

      The Isole e Olena Cepparello Red is a must-try for any wine enthusiast. The flavors of red cherry, black fruit, and dark fruit are simply divine. Highly recommended!

    27. Alan Ferree

      The savory and clove notes in the Isole e Olena Cepparello Red are a delightful surprise. Will definitely order again!

    28. Renato Cohn

      The prune and tomato flavor in the cepparello is an interesting combo. A real conversation starter!

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    Is Cepparello a Chianti?

    In 1980, Paolo de Marchi introduced his signature creation, Cepparello, a wine crafted exclusively from Sangiovese grapes. This innovative approach marked Cepparello as a "Super Tuscan," diverging from the conventional Chianti Classico norms which mandate the inclusion of a white grape variety in the blend.

    What is the meaning of Isole e Olena?

    In the 1950s, the De Marchi family acquired and merged two neighboring estates, 'Isole' and 'Olena', which both have histories spanning several centuries, leading to the creation of the name 'Isole e Olena'. This estate is nestled in the central area of the Chianti Classico region, positioned equidistantly between Siena and Florence.

    Critical Acclaim

    WS 96
    Wine Spectator
    Expressive and sumptuous from the get-go, this red features cherry, strawberry, rose, orange peel, mineral and Tuscan herb aromas and flavors. Sangiovese. Best from 2025 through 2045. 4,800 cases made, 800 cases imported.
    WA 96
    Wine Advocate
    Supple and smooth, the 2020 Cepparello brings Sangiovese to soaring heights in a manner only Paolo De Marchi can manage. This is his second to last vintage before he would retire and sell this historic estate. The wine opens to medium to full-bodied concentration with dark plum and redcurrant. Those cede to sweet spice, earth, crushed stone, rusty nail and candied orange peel. Give the wine more time to flesh out with cellar age. It registers a powerful 15% alcohol content.
    DEC 93
    A long, hot summer with good day and nighttime temperature variations led to an even ripening. Balsamic and medicinal tones introduce a bright, chewy cherry palate with wood and spice notes. Earth and pomegranate touches emerge towards the finish, framed by ripe, grippy tannins and good acidity. Still very youthful, it will improve with age but seems to lack a little bit of the intensity seen in the 2019.
    JS 94
    James Suckling
    Attractive red and dark berries with dried flowers, nutmeg and cocoa powder. Dried orange peel and wet earth, too. Medium- to full-bodied, toned and steady with fine-grained tannins that are slightly chalky. Polished and even with a lingering finish. Try after 2026.
    VIN 97
    The 2020 Cepparello is dense, powerful and soaring in intensity. A dark, almost somber Cepparello, the 2020 possesses remarkable depth from start to finish. Black cherry, plum, gravel, dried herbs and lavender build in a vivid, stunningly beautiful Cepparello that hits all the right notes.

    What does Isole e Olena Cepparello 2020 taste like?

    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    leather, earthy, mushroom

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, raspberry, red fruit

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, tobacco, vanilla

    apple, pear, stone fruit

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    blackberry, plum, dark fruit

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, licorice, cinnamon

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    citrus, lemon, orange

    cheese, cream, oil

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    tomato, grass, asparagus

    raisin, fig, prune


    Floral aromas found in the wine

    violet, lavender, potpourri

    Food Pairing with Isole e Olena Cepparello 2020

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