Older Chiantis from Felsina Berardenga 03-22-13

As VINO regulars well know, our 2 favorite Chianti wines year in & year out are produced by Fontodi & Felsina Berardenga.  A few weeks ago we were treated to some of Fontodi’s wines, which finally came to the Islands (at least legally) after 30 years of trying.  The wines made the wait seem worth it.

We were also able to get tiny amounts of Felsina Berardenga wines a few years back. 

This iconic Chianti estate is located in the southeastern corner of Tuscany, on the edge bordering Colli Senesi.  Their estate is comprised of many parcels, all roughly between 320 to 450 meter elevation with a complex matrix of rocky quartz, calcareous alberese, sandstone & small pebbles soils.

The winemaking is under the supervision of superstar consultant Franco Bernabei, who unlike many of his peers looks to make worldly ITALIAN wine, instead of internationalized wines.

It was a HUGE surprise that at today’s Trade Wine-tasting, we were able to try TWO 1995 Chianti Classico Riservas from Felsina.

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 1995 Chianti Classico Riserva

A stunning, gorgeous, aristocratic Tuscan “Queen”.  Nuances of autumn leaves, sandal/cherry wood, dried cherries…..wonderful intensity…..harmonious, classy, seamless-ness & elegance AND fabulous purity & sophistication.  It is like drinking a wine at the perfect time of its life.

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   1995 Chianti Classico Riserva “Rancia”

Rancia is a single vineyard, 6.25 hectares in size, 400 to 420 meters elevation.  This bottling is 100% Sangiovese (their own slections) aged for 17 months in 1 & 2 year old barrique.  We found this wine to be glorious with so many layers of complexities, character & pedigree.  For those wanting to taste a benchmark Chianti, here it is!!!!

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