Bottle Notes

2016 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva – 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 estate. At the edge of the Chianti Classico and Chianti Colli Senesi denominations, the estate counts 475 hectares, of which 61 are planted with vineyard. Gambero Rosso, Italy’s leading wine journal, has often awarded Felsina’s wines with 3 Bicchieri, the journal’s highest rating.

The vineyards are located in Castelnuovo Berardenga, in the southeastern part of the Chianti Classico appellation, northeast of Siena.

Crimson in color. 13.5% ABV. Killer nose of red fruits, iron and flowers. Medium body with strong acidity. Impressive structure and concentration. Dried cherry, cranberry, blood and anise on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Approachable now but the stuffing is here to cellar for another 3-5 years.

My rating: 92 points.

There are not many $25 wines in the world that deliver as consistently as Felsina Chianti. One of the few wines that I will still consider buying by the case. The Riserva at $35 is a pretty compelling buy as well.

I wrote about Felsina previously in Buying More Italian Wine.

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