Not going to lie: I'm a big Vin Santo fan. I'm also a big Isole e Olena fan. This wine is a lot more expensive than it used to be, but so's petrol and a pound of beef. All things being equal, sometimes I'd rather spend a little more and enjoy a little more.
Splitting hairs between these two wines bothered me. They're both good. I'd be happy with either of them at the end of a meal.
Isole e Olena Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 1998
Biscotti and salted caramel nose. Peanuts and toffee.
Bursts with dried figs and nuts - toasted and roasted, but perhaps a bit short.
Isole e Olena Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 1999
Deeper, richer and sweeter than the 98. Sexier. Rich. Dripping with caramel cashews, biscotti, toffee. Very rich. Delicious. Possibly heart attack inducing.
Both **** - *****
Tasted at Shorehead 20/6/2011