2013 Felsina "I Sistri" Chardonnay

SKU #1275458 91 points James Suckling

 A chardonnay with lots of buttery and cooked apple aromas and flavors. Full body and a flavorful finish. Drink or hold.  (8/2015)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I have always been a huge fan of this wine. The 2013 I Sistri is a Chardonnay-based white that opens to aromas of stone fruit, orange peel, white almond and honey. Only 10% of the wine sees oak aging in new barrique. In the mouth, I Sistri shows soft lines and bright fruit richness. (ML)  (10/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Fermented and aged in barrel (none new). Lovely nose: a biscuity sweetness from the lees and barrel and still has fresh melon and citrus fruit, a touch mealy and spiced. Extremely creamy and almost soft on the palate but the spice and acidity create just enough freshness. Generous, full bodied and delicious. (JH)  (9/2016)

Vinous

 The 2013 I Sistri is quite fresh and vibrant in this vintage. Lemon oil, white flowers, mint and almonds are some of the notes that come forward in the glass. In some years, the Sistri can be a bit heavy, but the 2013 offers lovely energy and brightness. (AG)  (9/2015)

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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Italy

- 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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Tuscany