The flagship wine consists of 100% Sangiovese aged in French oak barrels. Over the years, Paolo has refined his Cepparelloby giving it more air during vinification and increasing time spent in oak from 12-14 months to 18-20 months. Although DeMarchi started focusing on the use of better quality oak around 1993, it is the increased age of the vineyards themselvesthat have given Cepparello its overall finesse. The wine is made from a top selection of the estate’s best fruits from thevineyards in Barberino Val d’Elsa in the northern part of Chianti Classico.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Hands down beautiful, The 2013 Cepparello is a creation of stunning elegance and balance. A pure expression of Sangiovese, this wine undergoes a sophisticated oak regime that sees ageing in various barrel sizes and barrique of various ages. It lives 18 months of its life in French and 3% American oak before being released. This vintage (that is cooler compared to 2012 and 2011) delivers an exceptionally soft and mellow bouquet with slightly sweet sensations of ripe cherry and fragrant blue flower. Soft tones of spice and cinnamon bring up the rear. The wine is medium to full in terms of body weight, and the finish is driven by cool tones of balsam and menthol herb. The 2013 Cepparello is one of my favorite wines of the vintage.
A tangy and rich red with black currant and lemon character. Medium body, firm tannins and a crisp finish. Love the citrus and bright sangiovese. Delicious now but better in 2019.
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