Vineyard: Fruit is sourced from the Felsina estate - from fruit mainly on the part of the estate that is just over the border from the Chianti Classico appellation.
Orientation: Mostly south-facing.
Soil: A mixture of galestro and sand.
Viticulture: Practicing organic and incorporating some biodynamic principles.
Vinification: Automatic daily punch-downs during fermentation, followed by 10-12 day maceration.
Aging: Aged in a mixture of large oak and stainless steel.
Production: 60,000 bottles produced.
Notes: A key difference between this wine and the Castello di Farnetella Chianti Colli Senesi is that the fruit for this wine comes from the Felsina estate at the border of the Chianti Classico zone, and the fruit for the Castello di Farnetella CCS comes from that estate which is about 30 minutes south of the Felsina estate.
Publication: Wine advocate
The 2015 Chianti Colli Senesi Berardenga is a tonic, almost crunchy red wine with an impressive level of fruit purity. Remember that part of the Sangiovese blend that makes the iconic Toscana IGT Fontalloro sees fruit sourced from this very same site. This property in the Chianti Colli Senesi appellation produces fruit that is linear, crisp and bright. The vines are getting old enough now to show more nuanced complexity in their fruit. This is a very interesting wine that will drink beautifully for the upcoming years.
Fèlsina 2015 Chianti Colli Senesi is ample, rich and inviting. The Colli Senesi is always a bit rustic, but in 2015 the wine's breadth and overall generosity make up for that to a considerable degree. Tobacco, cedar, leather, smoke and underbrush notes add nuance. The 2015 is the best Chianti Colli Senesi I have tasted so far from Fèlsina.