Bottle Notes

2000 Isole e Olena Cepparello IGT – Bottle Notes

Paolo di Marchi has run Isole e Olena since the age of 20. Paolo avoids the Cabernet Sauvignon many of his neighbors have begun to incorporate into their Chiantis, believing it overshadows the Sangiovese. The flagship wine at Isole e Olena is Cepparello, a barrique-aged Sangiovese classified as an IGT – because at the time of its creation in the…

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Buying more Italian Wine

I’ve been buying wine for almost 30 years now. For the most part I have no regrets about the current composition of the wine cellar. I am pretty sure though if I started this hobby again I would have bought more Italian wine. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve bought a lot of Italian wines over the years. Wines like Tignanello…

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Buying Wine

Killer Deals on Wine.com

I had never shopped on Wine.com but some killer discount codes were brought to my attention that were too good for me to pass up. The codes WINEABR1 and WINEKB1 both give the buyer $100 off on a $300 purchase. The wine itself must total $300 as opposed to the total order amount after shipping and handling. I used one…

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1997 Isole e Olena Cepparello
Bottle Notes

1997 Isole e Olena Cepparello – Bottle Notes

The 1997 Cepparello was the leading vote getter in the October installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine garnered a score of 96 points from the Wine Spectator and was wine #3 in the Wine Spectator top 100 of 1999.   The bottle was decanted for 30 minutes and and paired with homemade pizza. Paolo di Marchi has run Isole…

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