Bottle Notes

1999 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro – Bottle Notes

Fattoria di Felsina is an historic estate in the Chianti appellation of Tuscany. In 1966 the estate was purchased by the Poggiali family, and today a second generation of the Poggiali family still run the 153-acre estate. Gambero Rosso, Italy’s leading wine journal, has often awarded Felsina’s wines with 3 Bicchieri, the journal’s highest rating.

Fontalloro is 100% Sangiovese and the grapes come from vineyards straddling the borders between the Chianti Classico and Chianti Colli Senesi appellations.

Ruby red in color and bricking on the the edge of the glass. 13.5% ABV. Amazing nose of red fruits, asphalt, wet stones and rose petal. Lean mouthfeel with a ton of acidity. Crushed cherries, plums, flowers and tar on the palate. Copious tannins and an exceptionally long finish. Everything is in balance here. Fruit, acidity and tannins. Drink over the next 2-4 years for optimal enjoyment.

My rating: 92 points.

Fontalloro is a great Super Tuscan value. Current vintages including the ’07-’09 can all be found for around $50. Exceptional, age worthy wines that are worth seeking out.

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2 thoughts on “1999 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro – Bottle Notes

  1. Great producer and wine. Though I actually prefer the Rancia and Chianti Classico Riserva. Had those? If so what are your thoughts on the wines?

    1. Rancia is a longtime favorite. Really hard to do better for the $40 I can usually find it for. The ’04 recently was super with years ahead of it.

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