Isole e Olena, Chardonnay (2014)


This is a wine that will leave you breathless – yes, a Chardonnay from Tuscany! The nose presents some fabulous white fruit with a touch of tropical fruit and honey as well. It speaks of elegance and it shows some muscle. In the mouth, it shows some terrific texture, with some lovely white fruit, Meyer lemon, touches of grapefruit peel and honey. This wine shows some beautiful acidity which may hint to it being a good wine to cellar for a few years. On the other hand, why wait – it is fabulous now!

― Ed Sorensen, Cork & Fork


Food Pairing:Lobster, sea scallops in cream and watercress sauce, pan seared pork chop in mustard/ mushroom sauce.

― Anna Landragin, Cork & Fork


Winery:The name Isole e Olena was conceived in the 1950s when two adjoining estates, “Isole” and “Olena”, were purchased by the De Marchi family and combined to form one. Sole was founded as an agricultural farm in the 1700s and is now the center of production for the Isole e Olena estate, which grows olives in addition to all of the grapes used in its wine production. Perched atop the hillsides of Chianti, Isole e Olena lays claim to some of the most prized vineyards in the region. Proprietor and winemaker, Paolo De Marchi, is considered a pioneer in introducing foreign grapes to the area, such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. In fact, in a region where few other producers make Chardonnay (or any whites), Paolo is as highly regarded for his white wines as his famed reds. In Paolo’s opinion, the most important aspect of making excellent wine is the unique, ancient Tuscan soil on which his estate sits.

― From the Importer


Additional information

Ageing Type



Toscana IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica)

Farming Type

Practicing Organic

Grape Detail


Blend Type

Single Varietal/Vintage


Paolo De Marchi


“Initially, Paolo planted Chardonnay to blend with Trebbiano and Malvasia but later discovered how great the grape showed on its own. In 2007, he replanted Chardonnay vines over a block that was previously planted with Trebbiano. The wine is a blend of 5 Burgundy clones that are selected for their freshness since that is a crucial component for warm weather. The vineyard sits on a northeast-facing slope, where it catches the morning sun but remains relatively cool otherwise. The wine is barrel fermented (1/3 new French oak), undergoes partial malolactic fermentation and batonnage (stirring of the lees) to smooth out any rough edges produced by the wine’s intense citrus fruit and acidity.”
― From the Importer

Type of Wine

White, Still, Dry


Vinous 91 pts

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