2013 Cepparello, Isole e Olena, Tuscany

Utter class, Paolo di Marchi’s Cepparello is the pinnacle of Sangiovese’s perfumed and aromatic nature. Nurtured with care into a wine that has the texture of cashmere, the 2013 seems to bounce across the mouth with real intensity, belying the elegant colour in the glass. Paolo thanks the ‘dream September’ for this captivating effort, that continues the run of amazing vintages for Cepparello.

Critic score
From a client
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  • Region & country
    Toscana (IGT), Toscana, Italy (Central), Italy
  • Grape
  • Maturity
    Ready 2019 - 2037
  • Colour
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
  • Classification
    IGT - Indicazione Geografica Tipica
2013 Cepparello, Isole e Olena, Tuscany


Hands down beautiful, The 2013 Cepparello is a creation of stunning elegance and balance. A pure expression of Sangiovese, this wine undergoes a sophisticated oak regime that sees ageing in various barrel sizes and barrique of various ages. It lives 18 months of its life in French and 3% American oak before being released. This vintage (that is cooler compared to 2012 and 2011) delivers an exceptionally soft and mellow bouquet with slightly sweet sensations of ripe cherry and fragrant blue flower. Soft tones of spice and cinnamon bring up the rear. The wine is medium to full in terms of body weight, and the finish is driven by cool tones of balsam and menthol herb. The 2013 Cepparello is one of my favorite wines of the vintage.

Monica Larner, robertparker.com (December 2016)

A tangy and rich red with blackcurrant and lemon character. Medium body, firm tannins and a crisp finish. Love the citrus and bright Sangiovese.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
Isole e Olena

The two estates of Isole and Olena are nestled in a wooded valley, in the heart of the Chianti Classico zone of Tuscany. These two historic wine-making properties were unified in the 1950s when they were bought by the de Marchi family from Piedmont, cementing a history that stretches back to the 12th century. Paolo de Marchi took the helm in 1976, and swiftly established it as one of the most dynamic and exciting estates in all of Italy. It’s an honour that still holds true today.

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