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