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Chianti Classico, Felsina Berardenga 2020
A textbook Chianti Classico from old vines from this famous Italian estate in a year to look out for. This 2020 has a lovely pure strawberry and cherry scent, with tart redcurrant and spice developing on the medium-bodied, finely balanced palate.
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- Red Wine
- Now to 2030
- 13.5% Alcohol
- oak used but not v. noticeable
- Cork, natural
The stunning Fattoria di Felsina Berardenga estate, from which the towers of Siena are clearly visible, is a very old one, although it is only in more recent decades that it has become one of Chianti Classico’s finest producers. Under Giuseppe Mazzocolin (whose wife’s family own it) and leading consultant Franco Bernabei, the property has won a deservedly high reputation. The wines of Felsina reflect the best of this southern part of the Classico region where the wines are often more gutsy and fleshy owing to the excellent exposure of the vineyards, where the sangiovese grapes always achieve full ripeness. Riserva Ranciais made from a favoured 5-hectare plot and is the estate’s leading Chianti. It spends up to 18 months in small barrels before release, achieving superb balance and depth of flavour. Fontalloro IGT is the estate’s excellent Supertuscan, aged for 20 months in small barrels, and made with fruit from several different sites, not only in Chianti Classico but also in the in the neighbouring district of Colli Senesi, where the more dense clay soils produce the darker, more brooding sangiovese style typified by Brunello and Vino Nobile de Montepulciano.