2018 Felsina Chianti Classico Berardenga

A lively and fresh Chianti Classico, this mid-weight wine has loads of character, and cellaring potential.

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The cornerstone of the estate’s production, this Chianti Classico comes from vineyards located in Castelnuovo Berardenga, in the south-eastern part of the appellation.

Fruity, fine, and elegant aromas dominated by wild berries, along with array of spicy notes. The palate is a savoury tangle of mint, dried herbs, tobacco, and leather, with underlying tannins providing a nice contrast on the lingering finish.

There is a real vibrancy to this wine, and very much a brighter expression that so much of the Chianti that we see. With an interesting mix of clones used in the vineyard, Felsina is adept at producing uniquely individual wines.

After the quality-selected clusters are de-stemmed and pressed, the must is fermented and macerated in stainless steel for 12-15 days at 28°C and 30°C, with programmed punchdowns and daily pumpovers. In March-April, the new wine goes into medium-size Slavonian oak barrels, and a small percentage into twice and thrice used oak barrels; after 12 months of maturation, the final blend is assembled, bottled, and ages in glass a minimum of 3 months.

92 Points - "The 2018 Chianti Classico Berardenga is endowed with so much class. In 2018, the Classico is a bit more restrained than it can be. That mid-weight sense of structure, though, gives the wine quite a bit of early appeal. Even so, I would cellar the 2018 for a few years, as all the elements haven't fully come together just yet. Dark cherry, game, smoke, licorice and earthy notes are a reminder we are in Castelnuovo Berardenga, even if the 2018 has less weight and overt power than Fèlsina fans are used to seeing." Antonio Galloni (Vinous)

91 Points - "The Fèlsina 2018 Chianti Classico Berardenga is a toned and delicate expression of 100% Sangiovese from a vintage that produced beautifully subtle and understated wines. It shows good momentum driven by dark fruit, blackberry and summer cherry. The intensity of these aromas is downplayed and rendered less pronounced, adding elegance and fragility. Pretty background notes of spice and balsam herb add an extra layer of complexity." Monica Larner (Parker Wine Advocate)

93 Points - "Perfumed and fresh with cherries, cedar and hints of dried flowers. It’s medium-bodied with fine tannins and a long, direct finish. Really lively and fresh. Very typical for a top Chianti Classico." James Suckling (James Suckling)

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