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. During the 1950s, the De Marchi family planted new specialised vineyards and expanded the cellars. Today, the Isole e Olena estate is run by Paolo De Marchi and his wife Marta. Paolo comes from a family with three generations of winemaking experience in the northern part of Piemonte and his older son, Luca, now runs the family estate there, Proprieta Sperino.
The grapes for Cepparello come from the best sites on the estate. Situated 400 metres above sea level, facing south-west, soils are primarily galestro, a schistous clay. The name Cepparello is taken from that of an old stream, Borro Cepparello, which originates at the highest point of the vineyards on the Isole e Olena estate.
Following a cold and wet spring, summer did not arrive until the beginning of July when a short-lasting heat wave kicked in before more rain and cool weather in August. As a result, in September maturation was late. Paolo De Marchi feared botrytis would prevent the grapes from maturing properly. Fortunately, the higher vineyards benefited from good weather in September and October. The harvest was later than usual but produced a crop of optimum quality. The yield was average and the wines are complex and aromatic with good acidity.
After crushing, the must was fermented on the skins for 21-28 days at 30-32°C, with 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. The wine was 100% barrel-aged, a third in new French and American oak (only 5% of total), a third in one year old oak and the remaining third was put into two year old oak. The wine remained in barrel for 18 months and then matured in bottle before release.
Bright and clear ruby red. The enticing nose shows rich aromas of red fruits and cherries along with a touch of spice from the well-judged use of oak. The palate shows the typical supple fruit and well-balanced structure of a great Cepparello, as well as elegant, fine tannins and a persistent finish.
|Grape varieties||100% Sangiovese|
|Winemaker||Paolo De Marchi|