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JS94: An All-Time Favorite Tuscan Estate Delivers a Truly Stunning 2015 Chianti Classico - 03/01/2018 - Italy

When it comes to the Tuscan estate of Fèlsina, we are increasingly of the opinion they can do no wrong. Vintage after vintage, they craft spellbinding wines that only stand among the top in their category, but do so at more than affordable prices. Their 2015 Chianti Classico serves as a perfect case and point. Earning excellent critical acclaim and priced just under $20, it easily counts among the best Chianti values in the market today. 2015 was a wonderfully round and ripe vintage, which shows through beautifully here. Antonio Galloni was so taken, he wrote: “The 2015 Chianti Classico Berardenga is a wine to buy by the case and savor over the next 20 or so years.” There were our sentiments exactly! When it comes to elegant, perfectly balanced red, this Chianti is one you’ll want to run, not walk to pick up. Open it on a weeknight or on a weekend with a special meal, either way you’ll be pleased. It’ no surprise why Fèlsina continues to be our top selling Tuscan red by a wide margin.

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2015 Fèlsina Chianti Classico ($19.99)

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)" (01/2018)

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)

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 03, 2018

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 ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2018

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 ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 27, 2018

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 ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 27, 2018

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 ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 27, 2018

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 ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 27, 2018

The nose is full of wild cherries, leather, earth and you can sense the richness, and on the palate the wines 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 wines 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.