Sunday, April 21, 2013

Isole e Olena Chianti Classico 2010

Date of Tasting: 29 March 2013
Wine Type: Red
Grape Varieties: 80% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo, 5% Syrah
Alcohol: 14%
Origin: Tuscany, Italy
Appellation: Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG)
Expect to Pay: THB900 – 1,400 (retail price in Thailand)
Web: n.a.
Chubby Score: 92/100
Value for money: 8/10
Professional Rating: DC - 96/100, JR - 16.5/20.0, JS - 90/100

Appearance: crimson red
Aroma: mixed berries bouquet and spices
Palate: structured with fine tannins, medium bodied with vibrant acidity, long and lingering finish, sweet red fruits with deliciously charming complexity

This is not an ordinary wine give quality to price ratio. It is just adorable. Though I am normally a fan of Sangiovese, this is an extraordinary one. I particularly like the silky touch of it. The life span may not be so long, say 5 years or so but drinking well now too. Cheers.

Score Explanation
95+ = classic and extraordinary
90+ = outstanding in its class
85+ = recommended wine with some degree of enjoyment
80+ = drinkable occasionally

WA = Wine Advocate
WS = Wine Spectator
JR = Jancis Robinson
DC = Decanter
JS = James Suckling
BH = Burghound

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