2000 Isole e Olena "Collezione de Marchi" Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana

SKU #1115976 92 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe and slightly decadent on the nose but soft, round and velvety. Very pretty and enjoyable already. Got to love this. Better than the 1999.  (10/2004)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2000 Cabernet Collezione De Marchi, with intense aromas of cassis, peppercorns, thyme, and rosemary, is round and elegant on the palate but with plenty of force and length and fine graphite and mineral notes to supplement the ripe black currant fruit...There are few men in Tuscan wine I admire more than Paolo De Marchi, for me the number one producer in the region for the variety and consistent high quality of his wines. And here it has all been done with sweat and dedication - the capital that was available elsewhere was not available at this estate. (DT)  (4/2004)

90 points Vinous

 A wine that has reached a plateau of maturity, the 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific choice for drinking today and over the next 7-10 years. Smoke, tobacco, licorice and white truffle notes add nuance to a core of expressive, brambly red fruits. Fresher on the palate than in the bouquet, my sense is that the aromatics will develop at a faster rate than the tannins soften, which is why I suggest drinking the 2000 sooner rather than later. This is an exceptional showing for a 13 year-old wine from a year marked by huge heat spikes at the end of August. (AG)  (12/2013)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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Super Tuscan