2011 Isole e Olena "Collezione Privata" Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana
96+ points. The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Collezione Privata is superb. Black cherry jam, crème de cassis, smoke, plums, menthol, licorice and violets form a stunning backdrop as the 2011 opens up in the glass. Sumptuous and layered yet also quite fresh (especially for the year), the 2011 possesses superb balance and exceptional finesse. The intensity of the fruit nearly buries the tannins, but they are there. My impression is that the 2011 will offer a long and wide window of pure drinking pleasure. (AG)
This is really balanced and pretty with soft tannins and a succulent mouthfeel highlighting the ripe and delicious fruit. Full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. A long-time favorite cabernet sauvignon. Drink or hold.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is amplified with tiny percentages of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Merlot for extra richness and intensity. This formula works beautifully and the wine opens to an immaculate bouquet that is as rich as it is penetrating. Dark currant, blackberry, chocolate, spice, cola and grilled herb are presented at high volume. This wine is exceedingly soft and velvety in texture, with extra long persistency and a super rich, creamy personality. It should easily hold ten years or longer. There is no way not to be totally overwhelmed by the stunning beauty of the tiny twin hamlets of Isole and Olena that straddle either side of this historic property. Paolo De Marchi's enthusiastic and engaging personality defines the landmark set of wines before you. (ML)