Vineyard: Small and medium-sized sangiovese vineyards within Chianti Classico, at Felsina in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga. Castelnuovo Berardenga lies in the northeast of Siena in the southern part of the Chianti Classico zone.
Orientation: Southwest. From 350 to 420 m in altitude.
Soil: Quartzitic blue-grey sandstone mixed with sand strata, calcareous alberese mixed with alluvial pebbles.
Viticulture: 50+ year old vineyards. From the1980s on, the vineyards were re-trained and reorganised in accord with research and experimentation centring on sangiovese as the privileged variety.
Vinification: Automatic daily punch-downs during fermentation at 28-30oC, followed by 12-15 day maceration.
Aging: Draining-off after fermentation and transfer in March-April to small and medium-sized casks for 12 months’ maturation. 3-6 months’ bottle-ageing.
Production: 4,000 cases made.
A deep, powerful wine, the 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva has quite a bit of depth for a cool, late-ripening vintage. Sage, tobacco, menthol, smoke and dark cherry hit the palate in a deep, beautifully layered Chianti Classico endowed with real personality and class. This is another terrific wine from Fèlsina. Hints of leather, smoke and licorice reappear on the deeply expressive, virile finish.
Publication: Other Press
Rating: 92 (W&S)
Fèlsina owns some 220 vineyard acres near Castelnuovo Berardenga at Chianti Classico’s southern edge. This wine is selected from parcels of sangiovese at varying elevations, giving a balanced wine with loads of texture, spice and ripeness. It opens on a cool menthol note, with black cherry flavors immersed in a mélange of crunchy herbs and vibrant spices. Notes of orange peel, dried cherry and roasted mushroom emerge after a few hours, on the way to a long and lively finish. It’s a generous Riserva, built for something robust like braised beef.