2005 Felsina Vin Santo del Chianti Classico (375ml)

SKU #1174044 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Made with Trebbiano, Malvasia and Sangiovese, the 2005 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico opens to a brilliant amber color and thick viscosity that hugs to the rim of the glass. Oak-driven tones of vanilla and caramel are immediately apparent, but quickly followed by candied fruit, butterscotch and orange peel. Clusters undergo a natural drying process on mats until February of the following year. The must is transferred to sealed oak casks containing the “mother,” or gelatinous remains from previous vintages. Fèlsina and consulting winemaker Franco Bernabei have made a fine showing with this new set of releases. This winery proved especially deft at handling the hotter temperatures and scorching African winds that washed over Tuscany, drying out fruit and pushing ripeness forward, during the summer of 2011. (ML)  (10/2014)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This sweet and mellow mix of butterscotch, caramel and salted almond flavors is shaped by vibrant acidity, which brings focus on the long butterscotch aftertaste. (BS)  (10/2015)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Made with 80% Malvasia-Trebbiano and 20% Sangiovese, this amber-colored nectar reveals aromas of dried stone fruit, hazelnut and a whiff of clove. The rich but balanced palate delivers mature apricot, toasted hazelnut and citrus zest brightened y just enough fresh acidity. Pair this with classic Tuscan almond cookies. (KO)  (7/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Malvasia, Sangiovese and Trebbiano in equal parts. Seven years in caratelli (50- to 100-litre barrels). Deep ochre. Honeyed barley-sugar nose. Honeyed and viscous on the palate with that barley-sugar flavour cut through by the the acidity. Intoxicating in every way. 17.5/20 points (JH)  (9/2016)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/9/2015 | Send Email
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Always one of my favorite wines from Felsina, and for those of you who haven't experienced a Vin Santo it is very different than Sauternes or late harvest Riesling. The wine's nose is full of caramel, butterscotch, and has an overall nutty flavor. On the palate is where the wine shines: it is so vibrantly balanced, not cloyingly sweet just a marvel of nutty spice and utterly delicious.
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- Chianti is the most famous wine name in Italy is not the name of a grape but actually a region. Chianti lies in the 35 miles of hills between Florence and Siena, a complex geological region as well as geographically. The extraordinary geography makes grape growing a very challenging feat with multiple exposures and soil types on the same estate. The region comprises 9 different communes not dissimilar to Bordeaux wherein each commune has a particular characteristic that shows in the wine. The wine is made predominantly Sangiovese, the grape must comprise at least 80% of the blend. Chianti Classico is the "classic" region, though many other nearby regions now use the name "Chianti" to make similar wines. The "Gallo Nero" or Black Rooster on many of the Chianti Classico bottles is a private consortium of producers who try and control the direction of production and quality amongst their members.