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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 15 
ProducerFattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga (web)
AppellationChianti Classico DOCG
UPC Code(s)827772201455

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2020 (based on 17 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.5 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 128 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by emtame on 4/10/2015 & rated 91 points: This is drinking really well at this point. Lovely balance between the fruit, acidity, and tannins. Delightful. (356 views)
 Tasted by cos82 on 1/10/2015 & rated 92 points: Best Chianti that I have had in a while and far better than last tried 16 months ago. Nice nose of cherry, earth and licorice. Nice balanced palate of sweet and sour cherry, licorice, earth and spice. Light cherry in color and no tannin. (895 views)
 Tasted by rickspicks on 1/9/2015 & rated 90 points: Cherry and licorice with good acidity, some sharp edges and a medium finish. Nice, medium-bodied, elegant, balanced texture. Still plenty of bright fruit, but seems a bit less pronounced than prior bottles. Developing more flavor complexity and losing some juiciness, but not yet done evolving. This will change, but not convinced it is going to improve dramatically. 90-91 (753 views)
 Tasted by Frijole on 11/20/2014: medium plum red, darkish inky center, medium clarity, silvery hue
Nose: raspberry, plum, white pepper, clove, tar, mustard, vanilla, cola, tannins, oak
Pal: raspberry, plum, black pepper, clove, tar, tobacco, mustard, vanilla, touch cola, tannins, oak, touch complex
Feel: medium/full
Finish: medium/long
TC8 (T says could be 9, needs to open and should hold off for a couple of yrs) (1069 views)
 Tasted by greenblanket on 10/12/2014: This is starting to show some age in a nice way. Less bright fruit, more earth and dark herbs. Still in balance. Nice. (1381 views)
 Tasted by mjfaulkner on 10/6/2014 & rated 91 points: Bright cherry aromas and flavors. Drinking really well now, but plenty of juicy acidity in reserve for future aging. Terrific QPR (1117 views)
 Tasted by winemaker on 8/28/2014 & rated 90 points: Tasty Chianti. Drinking well. Plenty of earth here. Nice bite too. (1018 views)
 Tasted by Eric Guido on 8/22/2014 & rated 91 points: The nose showed concentrated red berry fruit with notes of cedar, spice and moist earth. Hints of dark chocolate and animal musk lent character and dark tonality to the bouquet. On the palate, it was still youthfully angular yet with enough fruit to be completely enjoyable. Tart cherry, plum and cinnamon tea with hints of mineral laden soil and lively acidity gave way to a beautifully long finish. Hints of tannin tugged at the cheeks, while it's lively fruit slowly faded away. It's a beautiful wine that will continue to improve for a number of years to come. (1453 views)
 Tasted by winemaker on 7/28/2014 & rated 90 points: Drinking well. Same as my last note. (990 views)
 Tasted by rickspicks on 6/29/2014 & rated 92 points: Has mellowed since my last bottle about 4 years ago, but still tastes young and vibrant. Lush and juicy, and bursting with flavors and aromas of ripe, rich dark cherry, eucalyptus, spice, leather, tobacco and (unexpectedly) creme brulee. Smooth and almost creamy texture with great concentration, depth and intensity. Lots of sharp acidity and a medium + finish. Plenty of complexity and character, and very easy to like. (879 views)
 Tasted by floating_cellar on 3/26/2014 & rated 91 points: Needs some time to open. Was better on 2nd night. On night 2, lots of cigar box and forest floor with a hint of eucalyptus at the end. Plenty of tannins and acid to sit for another 5 years. Will wait a while before I open the next. (1267 views)
 Tasted by brianakrin on 1/2/2014 & rated 87 points: sharp, disjointed,bitter.maybe sangiovese just isn't my thing. (1407 views)
 Tasted by SMagowan on 9/6/2013 & rated 92 points: This was really a beautiful bottle of wine. The sensations I had were of being in the countryside on warm blue sky day, with hills rolling off into the distance. Everything about the taste of this wine sparked of integrity - this is a wine made with love of the land and of the great grape to which it owes its heritage. It just comes through with a dark cherry taste that has hints of peach pit, fresh tarragon and very, very delicate flowers. I poured our glasses through the Vinturi, and I did not decant. I would wonder whether a decant might be more harm than good, actually. The nose absolutely gave out hints of wood smoke, turned earth and sun. This was a $26 bottle of wine, and it is better today than an $45 Barolo I had last week. I bought a couple of bottles of this several years ago, and I am now wondering if I have room in my cellar to build up a Felsina collection. Alas, I think it will be a challenge. (2009 views)
 Tasted by pigdaddy on 8/19/2013 & rated 90 points: decanted & poured; dark cranberry red; not much on the nose, mineral, a little leather, earth; med+ body; red currants, sour cherries, quite tangy; with air, fruit deepened & positively evolved, becoming blacker & more fulsome; tannins still in evidence; from a cool cellar, this seems to be on a slow track, but with lots of potential.

fennel sausage & chanterelle pizza w/green onions & basil; green bean, pattypan, zucchini, sungold tomato & arugula salad in buttermilk dressing w/shaved pecorino

8/28/14 decanted 30 min. dark garnet to the rim; earthy black soil note, dried berries, toasted brown spices; med+ weight; dark sour cherry, sweet red berry, tart plum skin, hint of black pepper, juicy acids, tannins still noticeable but more integrated; very fine. (91)

eggplant pizza w/gaeta olives, salt anchovy & basil; arugula w/brown turkey figs, raw corn & garden tomatoes, lemon-evoo vin, shaved fulmi pecorino (2062 views)
 Tasted by cos82 on 7/20/2013 & rated 87 points: Still dark cherry red in color. Mostly earth and minerals on the nose. Decent palate of licorice, earth and minerals. No tannin and fairly smooth. Fruit, however, is missing, and I found this disappointing. Popped and poured. Later glasses seemed better than the first as the wine evolved. I expected better. (1887 views)
 Tasted by stubbie999 on 6/22/2013: Hitting a nice early adult phase. Starting to take on some more mature Sangiovese qualities as the exuberant fruit and firm tannins begin to relax and balance out. Just great with a vegetable lasagna, and everything I want a Chianti to be - bright, savory, palate refreshing, and simply drinkable. Yum. (1719 views)
 Tasted by DSimmons on 5/11/2013 & rated 91 points: The bottle tonight is drinking well. We have had a case of this and am down to three bottles. The color is a dark purple, maybe a little brownish. The fruit is fresh and bright with good balancing acidity and tannin. Currants and cherry. This will go well with the spaghetti planned for a little latter. (1834 views)
 Tasted by winemaker on 4/28/2013 & rated 90 points: Popped and poured. Lovely brick red, transparent at the rim. Color is lightening a bit and beginning to show some age. Smells of intense cherry with a resiny quality to it that makes the nose quite attractive. Tastes like it smells with a lip smacking juicy acidity. Firm tannins on the finish. I like this wine, but it is not quite as rich or full in the mid palate as I prefer. (1229 views)
 Tasted by burgbob on 2/9/2013 & rated 89 points: An hour of breathing allows this to take on some length and depth. Very nicely made and will easily last five years and more. (1397 views)
 Tasted by winemaker on 1/22/2013 & rated 91 points: Drinking really well right now. This has a nice minerality to it underlying the cherry/sangio fruit. Should hold for years. (1370 views)
 Tasted by nytiger on 1/4/2013 & rated 89 points: very good nose flavor and finish (1372 views)
 Tasted by tmoritz1 on 12/24/2012 & rated 89 points: Good acidity. Nose somewhat subdued with only minor hints of dark fruit. Smooth and round taste with a decent medium finish (1226 views)
 Tasted by winemaker on 11/5/2012 & rated 90 points: First of 6. Plenty of structure here. Earth, cherries, tart, long finish. (1620 views)
 Tasted by David J Cooper on 10/15/2012 & rated 88 points: Dark red. Very nice dry raspberry,earth and black cherry notes in the nose. Mid wieght dry cherry flavours with an earthy dry finish. Quite a lot of acid in the finish. Could improve. (1616 views)
 Tasted by jerwin1943 on 9/22/2012 & rated 90 points: First of six bottles purchased on release and properly cellared
Decanted 1 hour before serving, minimal granular sediment
Med. to deep garnet to edge with no browning
Aromatics- restrained secondary tones starting to emerge
First pour- flavor components suggest black cherry, plum, black pepper, tobacco leaf, wood and earth tones
Medium body well balanced, some mid palate drop off, slightly drying tannic finish, classic in style
Needs food, not a sipper, paired nicely with spaghetti marinara with beef braciole and as an accompaniment to the cheese course that followed
Accessibility improved modestly over 90 minutes and the initial angularity transitioned to a smoother mouth feel
Although I have not tasted them together, I would give an edge to the 06 Monsanto CCR based on my notes.
Would do well with another 2 years to open up and should hold well for several years.
89-90 points now with the potential to add a point with more cellar time

UPDATE: 11/01/2012
Decanted for 1 hour prior to serving. A lovely bottle approaching its prime. A consensus favorite over the more backward 2006 Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico served earlier. (1948 views)
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Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga

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This historic estate, which dates to the Middle Ages, was purchased by current owner Giuseppe Mazzocolin's father-in-law, Domenico Poggiali, in 1966. Winemaker Franco Bernabei draws on vines more than 50 years old from three vineyards-Fontalloro in Chianti Classico and the Casalino and Arcidossino vineyards in Chianti Colle Senesi-for this red. Because it straddles two DOCG zones, the wine is classified as Indicazione Geo-grafica Tipica (IGT). After fermentation, it was aged in barriques for 20 months.


SANGIOVESE: (Pronounced "sahn-joh-vhe-se").
Sangiovese - Italy's claim to fame, the pride of Tuscany. Traditionally made, the wines are full of cherry fruit, earth, and cedar. It produces Chianti (Classico), Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montepulciano, Montefalco Rosso, and many others. Sangiovese is also the backbone in many of the acclaimed, modern-styled "Super-Tuscans", where it is blended with Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc) and typically aged in French oak barrels, resulting a wine primed for the international market in the style of a typical California cabernet: oaky, high-alcohol, and a ripe, jammy, fruit-forward profile.[16]

Semi-classic grape grown in the Tuscany region of Italy. Used to produce the Chianti and other Tuscan red wines. Has many clonal versions, two of which seem to predominate. The Sangiovese Grosso clone Brunello variety is used for the dark red, traditionally powerful and slow-maturing "Brunello di Montalcino" wine. The other is the Sangiovese Piccolo, also known under the historical synonym name Sangioveto, used for standard Chianti Classico DOC wines. Old vine derived wine is often used in the better versions, needing several years ageing to reach peak. A third clone, Morellino, is used in a popular wine blend with the same name found in the southern part of the province. Recent efforts in California with clones of this variety are very promising, producing medium-bodied reds with rich cherry or plumlike flavors and aromas. Among the available clonal versions are R6 and R7, derived from the Montalcino region of Italy, having average productivity/ripening and producing small berries on medium size clusters. R10 and R24 are well-recommended. R23, listed as deriving from the Emilia-Romagna region, has good vigor with medium-small clusters with earlier ripening. R102 derives from the Montepulciano region and reported to have average vigor with moderate productivity that results in higher sugar levels and good acidity from medium-small berries on medium-small clusters. Has synonym name of Nielluccio where grown in Corsica.


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