"The 2018 Chianti Classico Berardenga is endowed with so much class. In 2018, the Classico is a bit more restrained than it can be. That mid-weight sense of structure, though, gives the wine quite a bit of early appeal. Even so, I would cellar the 2018 for a few years, as all the elements haven't fully come together just yet. Dark cherry, game, smoke, licorice and earthy notes are a reminder we are in Castelnuovo Berardenga, even if the 2018 has less weight and overt power than Fèlsina fans are used to seeing." -Antonio Galloni
"The Fèlsina 2018 Chianti Classico Berardenga is a toned and delicate expression of 100% Sangiovese from a vintage that produced beautifully subtle and understated wines. It shows good momentum driven by dark fruit, blackberry and summer cherry. The intensity of these aromas is downplayed and rendered less pronounced, adding elegance and fragility. Pretty background notes of spice and balsam herb add an extra layer of complexity. An ample 280,000 bottles were produced." -Monica Larner
"This renowned estate is now in the hands of the third generation with Giovanni Poggiali firmly at the helm. With 63 hectares of vineyards in the warm southern zone of Castelnuovo Berardenga, Fèlsina's wines typically demonstrate a heady, sumptuous expression of Chianti Classico. Rather than bright, fresh fruit aromas, the 2018 annata is a savoury tangle of mint, sun dried herbs, tobacco and leather. Underlying tannins provide a linear contrast and the finish is tangy. There is enough stuffing and complexity here for mid-term ageing."
"New leather, camphor and blue flower are some of the aromas you'll find on this bright, fragrant red. On the medium-bodied palate, vibrant acidity and taut tannins surround cassis, Marasca cherry and tobacco notes." -Kerin O'Keefe
What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...
VARIETALSSangioveseORGANICPracticingVINEYARDIn the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, northeast of Siena and south of the Chianti Classico zone.ORIENTATION350 - 420m in elevation.SOILQuartzitic blue-grey sandstone mixed with sand strata, calcareous alberese mixed with alluvial pebbles.VITICULTUREFrom the 1980s on, the vineyards were re-trained and reorganised in accord with research and experimentation centering on Sangiovese as the privileged variety.VINIFICATIONAutomatic daily punch-downs during fermentation at 28-30oC, followed by 12-15 day maceration. Draining-off after fermentation.AGINGTransfer in March-April to small and medium-sized casks for 12 months’ maturation. 3-6 months’ bottle-ageing.