In the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, northeast of Siena and south of the Chianti Classico zone.
350 - 420m in elevation.
Quartzitic blue-grey sandstone mixed with sand strata, calcareous alberese mixed with alluvial pebbles.
From the 1980s on, the vineyards were re-trained and reorganised in accord with research and experimentation centering on Sangiovese as the privileged variety.
Automatic daily punch-downs during fermentation at 28-30oC, followed by 12-15 day maceration. Draining-off after fermentation.
Transfer in March-April to small and medium-sized casks for 12 months’ maturation. 3-6 months’ bottle-ageing.
20,000 cases made.
A fresh and linear Chianti Classico with lemon rind, cherry, and cedar aromas and flavors. Medium body and a lively finish. Shows tension and style. Drink now.
The 2014 Chianti Classico Berardenga is fabulous. Fresh, aromatic and salivating with acidity, the 2014 is a super-old school Chianti Classico from start to finish. The intense acidity might come as a shock to readers used to more contemporary, supple wines, but this is a terrific example of what Chianti Classico from Castelnuovo Berardenga is all about. Cherry pit, leather, smoke, grilled herbs, menthol and game add striking nuance throughout. The savory, earthy style that is typical of the estate's best wines comes through loud and clear. In 2014, Fèlsina did not bottle their top Riservas, all the best fruit went into the straight Chianti Classico. The 2014 is a wine to buy by the case and enjoy over the next 20 years. I won't be surprised if the 2014 develops into an even better wine than this note suggests.
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