~ The Felsina Cellar Entrance softly illuminated ~

It doesn’t get much better than this.

Felsina may be known for their fantastic red wines, but over Christmas we tasted the newest release of their Vin Santo and it is utterly superb.

Much has been written on these pages about Felsina, yet the last time I covered their Vin Santo was the 2001. The vineyards that give rise to the fruit for this nectar were planted in the 1970s and 1980s after careful site selection.  The wine is a product of Malvasia, Trebbiano and Sangiovese.  Once the selections of  the best grapes are made, they are dried using traditional wicker mats.  The drying process typically extends until January or February of the year following the harvest.

Felsina Vin Santo drying

~ Grapes drying on mats in Felsina’s Vinsantaia; a special area within the cantina where ventilation is carefully monitored as the grapes shrivel and dry ~

Once the grapes are dried, they are de-stemmed, pressed and racked to 100 liter oak casks.   These casks contain the vin santo “mother” a thick, richly flavored substance that remains from the previous vintage.  The aging process then begins which, depending upon the vintage, will last a minimum of 7 years.  The process is painstaking and the results yield a precious product.  In the last 20 years, Felsina has only produced their Vin Santo 7 times.  The 2009 is the most recent release.

The 2009 Felsina Vin Santo is a deep golden brown color.   Immediately upon opening, the aromas from the wine are explosive.  Brown sugar, caramel, creme brulee, honey, marzipan, toasted almonds, vanilla and white flowers are hauntingly penetrative and wildly complex.

On the palate, there is simply no let up.  The body of the wine is viscous, lively and perfectly sweet.  There’s not a trace of any cloying nature.  The fresh acidity rises the flavors to the fore.  Caramel, brown sugar, Christmas spices, marzipan, maple syrup and roasted nuts are nothing short of glorious. It’s hard to imagine improvement here, but even with that being said, this still rests on the level right below the immortal Avignonesi.  Nevertheless, the gap is narrowed.  98 points and a steal at $42.  Find this wine – Support Tuscan Vines

Felsina Vin Santo

~ If you’re a lover of Vin Santo – this bottle is a must ~

Vin Santo is the perfect wine to Coravin.  That’s what I did with this example; the remainder of which rests nicely in the refrigerator.  And yes, I’ve already gotten more for myself.  Don’t miss out on this one!


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