Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico DOCG

Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico DOCG


Chianti Classico is the cornerstone of the estate’s production. The vineyards are located in Castelnuovo Berardenga, in the southeastern part of the Chianti Classico appellation, to the southeast of Siena. Almost exclusively with a southwestern exposure, they sprawl across ventilated slopes at an altitude ranging from 320-420 meters above sea level. Geologically, the terrains are mixed: in the higher parts the soil is predominantly rock quartz and calcareous alberese mixed with alluvial pebbles; strataform sandstone and loam characterize the vineyards on the edge of the Colli Senesi in the direction of the Crete Senesi. First vintage 1967.

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Felsina has quickly become my go-to Chianti producer, as I've fallen further in love with their line-up of fantastic reds. Their 2015 "Berardenga" Chianti Classico sets a strong standard for the whole region.

Wine Spectator's Senior Editor Bruce Sanderson rates it 92 points, and has the following to say, "Dense yet rich, this red offers black cherry, earth and graphite aromas and flavors... the lingering, tobacco-inflected finish and refined tannins indicate the potential here."

This wine is 100% Sangiovese, reaped from vines planted as far back as the 1970’s, and aged for 12 months in used Slovenian oak barrels. Slovenian oak is very popular in traditional Italian winemaking, in part due to the two countries being neighbors. Slovenian oak is said to be similar in quality and character to French oak, but at a fraction of the price- the savings of which are then passed on to us. The oak is thought to be very mild in character, making it ideal for subtle wines like Chianti. The Berardenga is specifically from the Classico area of Chianti, which is the heart of the Chianti region. The wine is also designated.

Region: Chianti Classico DOCG, Tuscany, Italy
Vineyard(s): Vines Planted as far back as the 1970’s
Grape(s): 100% Sangiovese
Aging: 12 Months in Used Slovenian Oak Barrels
Drinkability: Now through 2024
Body: Medium-Full
Drink This if you Like: Chianti, Rioja, Grenache
Press: 92 Points Wine Spectator
Food Pairing: Very Food Friendly, Pork, Game fowl, Pasta