Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva 2012
Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Ruby red, with fine tonality and intensity. Spicy nose with notes of blossoms, wild berries, and mineral tones. Notes of spice and crisp fruit on the palate, with self-confident but supple tannins, and impressive structure and breed.
James Suckling - "Traditional style Chianti Classico with cedar, dried meat, dark chocolate and tobacco aromas. Full body, silky and polished tannins and a fantastic finish. A wine that shows depth and lots of flavor. Lively acidity too. Drink now."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva shows the intensity of the warm, early ripening vintage, but is also quite closed today, with little in the way of expressiveness. There is plenty of depth in the glass, which makes me think all the 2012 needs is a bit more time to fully come together. Readers will find a wine that is a bit slender in feel, but with radiant fruit that just needs time to fully emerge."
Wine Spectator - "There's a lot of grip to this red, with earth, cherry and tobacco flavors. Leans toward the tannins in the balance but remains vibrant and long. Pair with a hearty ragù or salumi. Best from 2018 through 2028."
Wine Enthusiast - "This took a few minutes to open up in the glass to reveal enticing aromas of dark berry, fragrant purple flowers and mint. The palate offers black cherry, vanilla, espresso, clove and well-integrated oak alongside firm tannins."
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Fattoria di Felsina Winery
In the 17 published editions of Gambero Rosso, Italy’s acclaimed wine rating guide, this Tuscan estate has won the coveted Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses) award 17 times. They are a favorite of IWM, Robert Parker, and any Tuscan wine enthusiast. And they did it by revealing the true essence of the Sangiovese grape and the Chianti Classico terroir. What this tells us is that this is a winery of consistency, producing Chianti Classicos with the ability to age up to two decades for the right vintage. Much like the great Brunello estates, it is the marriage of an ideal microclimate and the uncompromising commitment of a dedicated staff that educes the full character of Tuscany's noble grape, even in off vintages. Even more importantly, this is a producer who creates compelling wines and releases them at contained prices, making Felsina accessible to all wine enthusiasts and one of Italy's greatest values! View all Fattoria di Felsina Wines
About TuscanyView a map of Tuscany wineries (TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review44.1 out of 5 stars
20 ratings, 4 with reviews59/13/2016
My new favorite! As a big, bold red drinker, I found the Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riservato to be a perfect sipping wine or served with a nice filet mignon or bone-in ribeye.52/27/2017Da5id1an - Martinez, CA39/10/2016
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A very earthy chianti. Loads of mushroom, leather, cedar, a touch of brett. Tough to drink by itself becomes a bit more appealing with some funky cheese however. Still too lacking in fruit for my taste.mrtymb - Denver, CO46/15/2017REALGER - Avon, CT16/8/2017rachael1$ - Libertyville, IL46/6/2017
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Nice / Bold ChiantiJPanebianco - Wake Forest, NC56/5/2017Jgaris - Kailua, HI16/4/2017Anonymous - Minneapolis, MN16/3/201746/1/2017Anonymous - San Marcos, CA15/31/2017Anonymous - Alachua, FL45/23/2017Anonymous - Laguna Beach, CA45/19/2017Knightsgk01 - Perkasie, PA15/13/2017-karen- - San Francisco, CA54/25/2017Volt - Cave Creek, AZ24/24/2017I love a good Chianti but as someone else stated, this wasn't enjoyable to drink by itself. It was dry with no discernible character. Not much in the way of tannins or finish.Robert Rea - Fairfield, CT24/8/2017Anonymous - Seaford, NY41/29/2017davidSF - San Francisco, CA31/27/2017Anonymous - Auburn, AL41/3/2017jonnied7 - New Smyrna Beach, FL412/30/2016qvollmert - San Francisco, CA512/22/2016Anonymous - San Diego, CA512/11/2016Anonymous - Ivoryton, CT411/30/2016Anonymous - Troy, NY411/2/2016
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