Vineyard: In the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, northeast of Siena and south of the Chianti Classico zone.
Orientation: 350 - 420m in elevation.
Soil: Quartzitic blue-grey sandstone mixed with sand strata, calcareous alberese mixed with alluvial pebbles.
Viticulture: From the 1980s on, the vineyards were re-trained and reorganised in accord with research and experimentation centering on Sangiovese as the privileged variety.
Vinification: Automatic daily punch-downs during fermentation at 28-30oC, followed by 12-15 day maceration. Draining-off after fermentation.
Aging: Transfer in March-April to small and medium-sized casks for 12 months’ maturation. 3-6 months’ bottle-ageing.
Publication: 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.
Publication: 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. 21,666 cases made. - B.S.
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.
Publication: Other Press
Rating: 94 (JS)
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.