2012 Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva

SKU #1265727 95 points James Suckling

 Traditional style Chianti Classico with cedar, dried meat, dark chocolate and tobacco aromas. Full body, silky and polished tannins and a fantastic finish. A wine that shows depth and lots of flavor. Lively acidity too.  (8/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 vintage was less problematic in the Castelnuovo Berardenga sub zone compared to other parts of the Chianti Classico appellation. Fèlsina's 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardenga is full, generous and reflects the house style of this celebrated estate. Fruit is sourced from 35-year-old vines and the harvest takes place at various intervals in order to ensure optimal ripeness. Soft cherry and spice give the wine an elegant approach. (ML)  (10/2015)

92 points Vinous

 The 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva shows the intensity of the warm, early ripening vintage, but is also quite closed today, with little in the way of expressiveness. There is plenty of depth in the glass, which makes me think all the 2012 needs is a bit more time to fully come together. Readers will find a wine that is a bit slender in feel, but with radiant fruit that just needs time to fully emerge. (AG)  (9/2015)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This took a few minutes to open up in the glass to reveal enticing aromas of dark berry, fragrant purple flowers and mint. The palate offers black cherry, vanilla, espresso, clove and well-integrated oak alongside firm tannins. (KO)  (9/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh and harmonious, mingling cherry, currant, tobacco and mineral flavors effortlessly. The tannins are well-mannered, and this lingers with tea and leafy notes. (BS)  (6/2016)

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Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/30/2016 | Send Email
This wine has stunning beauty, harmony and elegance. Felsina's Chianti Classico Riserva combines firm structure with deep dark cherry notes wrapped up in tobacco and cedar. After tasting this wine over the period of 3 days, it was fascinating to see how the wine unveiled and opened up, revealing more and more intriguing aromas and flavors with each day, never loosing its freshness and brightness. It will age gracefully but can be enjoyed now as well.

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/30/2016 | Send Email
After tasting Felsina's 2012 Chianti Riserva, I was immediately reminded why this winery remains one of the jewels of Tuscany as their latest release definitely outclasses so many from the more challenging 2012 vintage. Although it's a bit restrained at the moment, there's plenty of fruit richness and overall stuffing for the wine to be enjoyed today with a bit of aeration or allowed to develop in the cellar. Terrific Chianti!

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/30/2016 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is full of the land it comes from, wild brush, rosemary, sage, wild mushrooms with hints of smoke drifting by and then a bold expression of fruit, plums, wild cherries drive it to your senses. On the palate it instantly lets you know this is an important wine, the structure is powerful yet balanced to express its supple richness rather than edgy tannins. The flavors start with the plums and wild cherries up front and then as the wine reaches your back palate the savory and earthy notes come forward. Superb balance and a long, long finish, this is truly a superb wine at a spectacular price and capable of aging more than 10 years, perfect for drinking now or putting in the cellar, stock up for the holidays!
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Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/30/2016 | Send Email
A beautiful lush nose starts this wine off on the right foot. The palate continues with gracious structure, ripe deep cherry and fig, and a hidden hint of savory dried plums. The finish is long filled with dry earth and gentle tannins. It is layered, intriguing and elegant. You couldn't ask for more!

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


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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.