2015 Fèlsina Chianti Classico

SKU #1321031 94 points James Suckling

 Very focused and firm with chewy tannins and bright black cherry character. Medium body, dense center palate and a fresh finish. Solid. Fantastic wine. Drink or hold.  (10/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chianti Classico Berardenga is a tight and elegant wine with bright berry notes followed by mineral tones of clay and chalky soil. You really taste those Castelnuovo Berardenga signatures here on the bouquet. The finish carries forward with grace, elegance and determination. (ML)  (10/2017)

92 points Vinous

 Stunning and beautifully expansive, the 2015 Chianti Classico Berardenga is a wine to buy by the case and savor over the next 20 or so years. All the natural richness of the 2015 vintage comes through in a creamy, voluptuous Chianti Classico that hits all the right notes. This is quite frankly a remarkable level of quality for Fèlsina's entry-level offering. (AG)  (1/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Dense yet rich, this red offers black cherry, earth and graphite aromas and flavors. Needs a year or two to find balance, yet the lingering, tobacco-inflected finish and refined tannins indicate the potential here. Best from 2019 through 2028. *Smart Buys* (BS)  (11/2017)

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Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2018 | Send Email
A very pretty and "high toned" example of Chianti Classico, which to me, means it has plenty of brightness and aromas that keep the nose incredibly interesting. Bright berries, red cherry, great supporting acid and ripe tannin make this bottle a perfect partner for turkey burgers, grilled chicken, and vegetarian stuffed peppers. With some patience and bottle age, this will very much evolve into something more savory to pair with a juicy steak.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2018 | Send Email
This is drinking GREAT right now!!! and will over the next couple of years (but only if you can keep your hands off it and keep some in the cellar). Here is a wine that packs a wallop and lots of bang for your buck all in one! Give this Chianti about an hour to open up and stand back, on the palate you will find strawberries and black cherries, a little bitter coco and some toasty oak, fine tannins and a hint of Tuscan dust on the long finish.

Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/27/2018 | Send Email
The first sniff of this wine transported me right back to the time I was lost in the hills of Chianti while driving a rental car without GPS. Once I found my vacation apartment I rewarded myself with a slab of meat and a bottle of Chianti Classico at one of the small, local restaurants. Tart cherry fruit, leather, herbaceous notes, focused tannins and a clean finish make this wine an absolute must with food. Like a Fiat without its GPS, it's a bit lonely on it's own but with some lamb or steak it's going places.

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/27/2018 | Send Email
It's never difficult for us to go long on Felsina in any vintage but their 2015 deserves attention. The vintage is already turning heads in Tuscany and the Felsina Chianti Classico is definitely one of the stars. It captures the signature Berardegna berry fruit with subtle highlights of dried florals, cedar and minerals. This medium-bodied gem manages to deliver elegant fruit with perfectly balanced tannins and acidity. A very fine Chianti Classico we highly recommend.

Staff Image By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/27/2018 | Send Email
If you're looking for quality that outperforms a price-point, just look for Felsina on the label (especially for a vintage like 2015). Another homerun in the Tuscan value category, this Chianti Classico shows a classic Chianti character while borrowing from the robust nature of the vintage, adding a beautiful brightness and refinement. It is first a food wine with focus, acidity and tannin. It does have enough fruit, however, that it can stand on its own if need be. It'll be hard to keep your hands off now since it can drink effortlessly with a quick decant, but it'll be fun to follow for the next 5-10 years for those with a bit more patience. Either way, another superb vintage for Felsina's flagship Chianti Classico.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/27/2018 | Send Email
The nose is full of wild cherries, leather, earth and you can sense the richness, and on the palate the wine’s weight and concentration make a bold statement but never drift out of balance. The flavors are saturated, complex and filled me with awe, a dazzling array of spice, concentrated wild cherry, leather, porcini that seem so well integrated even at this wine’s young age. There is power here, a real depth of structure but never does the wine get out of balance, there is a harmony and for fans of Felsina this is a classic. This is a wine you can easily drink now but it will age well for 10-15 years from the vintage, a real winner and at this price a ridiculously good bargain.
Drink from 2018 to 2030

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Varietal:

Sangiovese

- 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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Chianti

- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5