2016 Felsina Chianti Classico Berardenga (750ml)

Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Wine Spectator's recognition of Fèlsina's 2013 Chianti Classico Berardenga, tapping it for their #40 spot in their Top 100 list for 2013 sure made that wine a big hit. 2015 has come, another winner, and alas the 2016 has landed and it too is another success by the talented Giovanni Poggialis. His influence (and that of Mother Nature's, too) really shines through again in 2016. The Chianti Classico Berardenga is another royal masterpiece. Coming from the estate's vineyards in the southeastern sector of the Classico zone, Fèlsina's Berardenga parcels are uniquely exposed, almost exclusively southwestern, and higher than many of their neighbors – topping out at 1,375 feet above sea level. These conditions made for an incredible 2016, one I cannot recommend highly enough. Such purity.

92WA
91WS

This is an excellent vintage in Chianti Classico that shows especially well in the simple, more accessible wines such as this. The 2016 Chianti Classico Berardenga delivers the power and density of its territory. The southern side of the appellation often shows the richest expressions of Sangiovese. This wine opens to sweet aromas of dark fruit, cherry and plum. The wine shows a slightly savory side as well with spice and dried terracotta that recalls the gray gravel soils of the region. Bay leaf, cola and chopped mint appear as subtle background notes. Some 260,000 bottles were made.

92+ points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # 239 - Oct 2018)

A smoky, sweet, herb-, cherry- and currant-laced red, with dusty tannins adding support. Starts out rich, turning lean and slightly austere on the long finish of tea and sweet smoke. Best from 2020 through 2033. 21,666 cases made.

91 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct 2018)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
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