Vineyard: At Castelnuovo Berardenga, southeast from Siena, in the subzone of Pagliarese.
Orientation: 320 to 390 meters in elevation, southwest exposure.
Soil: Quartzitic blue-grey sandstone mixed with sand strata, calcareous alberese mixed with alluvial pebbles. Galestro in some of the higher parts of the vineyard.
Viticulture: Hand harvested in the first three weeks of October. Practicing organic.
Vinification: Automatic daily punch-downs during fermentation at 28-30oC, followed by 12-15 day maceration. Draining-off after fermentation.
Aging: Aged in mostly 50 HL Slavonian casks for ten to twelve months.
The 2015 Chianti Classico is a new wine from Fèlsina's Pagliarese property. For what seems like forever, Giuseppe Mazzocolin has been the ultimate champion of Sangiovese, long before it was fashionable. With Pagliarese, Mazzocolin and Fèlsina return to a super-classic Chianti Classico based on Sangiovese, of course, but with dollops of Canaiolo, Mammolo and Colorino aged in cask. The debut 2015 is fabulous. Bright, red-toned fruit and an array of floral/savory notes are nicely delineated, but the wine's purity and extraordinary balance elevate it into the realm of the sublime. What a gorgeous wine this is! - Antonio Galloni