If we were to choose just one Chianti Classico to drink, this is it. Year in, year out Paolo de Marchi’s delicious wine is full of red berry fruits, with smooth texture and a long finish that, while it is a good food match, means it’s a wine to linger over and enjoy for it’s own sake.
Chianti has a mixed reputation; it’s easy to think of the simple, light Chiantis on the lower supermarket shelves or the top of a restaurant list. But, there are different styles and qualities from this huge region. For the original vineyards, before more vines were planted, look for the Classico wines, as here. It proves how great the wines can be, with the potential to last for years. Paolo’s Isole e Olena estate is based in the hillier, especially cool part of Chianti Classico, near the village of Castellina, where cooling breezes from the sea give a bright, vibrant quality to the wines. The Sangoviese grape is used, but Canaiolo (the original Chianti grape, now less popular, and French grapes like Syrah can be used). Paolo still has no website, but there’s a lot of information on the web, or contact us if you’d like to know more. We’d drink this any time, it’s medium to full in body and has lots of red fruit flavour and richness. It’s weighty enough to match meats and casseroles, without overpowering them. 14% ABV.