A super refined wine with sliced berry plus hints of cedar and vanilla. Full-bodied, bright and crisp; lovely finish.
Dark berry, underbrush and tobacco aromas lead the nose of this vibrant, structured wine while the palate doles out black cherry, fresh raspberry, licorice and clove. Fresh acidity and supple tannins balance the juicy flavors. (KO)
*Top 100 of 2016, Smart Buy* This is rich and sumptuous, boasting pure flavors of cherry and raspberry, matched to a juicy texture. There are plenty of tannins neatly folded into the overall structure, with hints of mineral and tea on the long, expansive finish. Best from 2017 through 2024. (BS)
Fèlsina's 2013 Chianti Classico Berardenga shows a great level of richness and general intensity. The wine reveals a very full and luscious set of aromas with cherry and blackberry in pole position. Lighter tones of spice and tobacco fill in at the back and give the wine a greater sense of aromatic lift. The mouthfeel is also characterized by velvety richness. Look out for this delicious vintage. I enjoyed a magnificent visit to Fèlsina this year to taste a wide range of old and new wines. This historic estate makes Chianti Classico wines under two different brands: Castello di Farnetella and Fèlsina (purchased in 1966). I tasted these wines with proprietor Giovanni Poggiali and Sales Director Andrea Bonivento. They were kind enough to offer a few surprises too. 91+ (ML)
The 2013 Chianti Classico Berardenga is one of the richest, darkest versions of this wine I can remember tasting. Black cherries, game, smoke, tar, leather and soy are some of the notes that take shape in the glass. The 2013 is wild, savory and surprisingly dense, raw and unformed for an entry-level wine. Accordingly, the 2013 is going to require more patience than is the norm, but it also has the potential to overachieve over the near and medium term. All the house signatures are very much alive here. (AG)
100% Sangiovese, aged in medium-sized Slavonian oak, with a small percentage in small, used barrels. Mid ruby with bricky rim. Meaty, gently leathery red fruit. Sweet oak caress on the palate, relatively light overall and with a fresh tangy red-fruited finish. (JH)
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