Isola e Olena Chianti Classico DOCG 2012

A fantastic Chianti to drink now, especially with food, albeit a little shy for its price point.

When James Suckling wrote about this wine back in 2014, he raved about its “blueberry” and “chocolate” notes with fine tannins and a refreshing tangy finish.

Perhaps he was right in saying it was a wine to “drink now”, as today it seemed a little lacking. The colour was moving into a medium garnet, which is an exciting time for premium Chianti, and yet the nose felt jammy and more akin to the traditional cherry notes Sangiovese seems to show off often enough.

The palette too felt a little smothered. The cherry fruit was soft and quick to leave the tongue, leaving lightly baked black fruits behind.

Thankfully there was still a tang – so it’s a good partner with food where the fruit seems to enhance what you’re eating.

So if you fancy a premium Chianti alongside your dinner, give this cherry-forward red a try – but avoid if you want something a bit different in return for forking out £15.


Serve with…

…lamb risotto. Use plenty of seasoning and avoid making the risotto rice too creamy!

BFW Rating


Brambles and baked cherry. A little “smothered” for a Chianti of this calibre.

Medium bodied


Tuscany, Italy




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