|~ The Road to Felsina ~|
“A nature favorable to man and agriculture. Wine that delights the heart.”
I’m not sure I could be any more precise than that when discussing the Felsina Estate and their wines. Except for one thing. I’d add the word consistency. No, remarkable consistency.
I’ve been around Chianti Classico many times and I know with certainty that pattern is anything but typical. Yet somehow, it doesn’t seem to affect Felsina. They are somehow immune. Actually, that isn’t correct. It’s not that they’re immune; it’s that they’ve got a great team led by winemaker Franco Bernabei, they’ve got great vineyards and long experience in dealing with them.
|~ Grande Botte in the Felsina Cantina ~|
So here we are again reviewing the recently released Chianti Classico 2013 from Felsina. It is, without qualification, an outstanding wine and a great value.
The 2013 is a classic, deep ruby color with some bright violet reflections. On the nose, the sensory profile is classic Sangiovese. Fresh flowers, dried herbs, tobacco, bright wild berry and earthen notes are all present. On the palate, this 100% Sangiovese is lively and medium bodied. With flavors of tobacco, anise, cherry and dried mushroom, this is juicy and delicious. It’s everything you could want in a Classico from Castelnuovo Berardenga. After my first sip, I jotted down, “ho-hum” another great effort. Do yourself a favor and buy a bunch. Plenty will be in my cellar. 92 points and an outstanding value around $19.
|~ The Felsina Chianti Classico is produced from vineyards that are approaching 30 years of age. Vinified in large Slavonian botte where it rests for 12 months before 3 months bottle refining prior to release. Enjoy! ~|
March 25, 2016