This is exactly what I want from Chianti Classico. Deep but not opaque red. Fresh nose with red fruit and hints of leather. Medium/full bodied palate with plenty of fruit, some depth, minerals, leather, tangy Tuscan acidity, fine aromatic overlay and firmly supported quite long finish. Has not yet acquired the extra graciousness and secondary complexity of V.del Sorbo '01 opened a few days ago but very good.
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A nice wine with good color and a good nose. The palate was a bit hollow, with a drying note detracting form the fruit. A solid wine, but either this was not a great bottle or it is possibly headed toward decline.
Biased towards this producer. This was delicious with my pizza tonight. Not yet fully evolved but a terriffic smooth wine with fine dry tannins and balanced not overwhelming fruit. It will be at or near it's peak a year from now and the change may be dramatically better based on may experiences with some of their wines. Need to explore some of the Rancia and Fontalloro bottlings in this vintage.
Very excellent Chianti. Classic nose and flavor; hints of leather and earthiness with bright fruit. As with most Chianti, this is a food wine with a strong, but well integrated, foundation of acid and tannin. Powerful good for the price. Can hold or drink.
From bottle to glass to nose to mouth with little time in between. An interest inducing nose of chamomile with raw honey over hasbro cherry drop gummy candy over a lovely asafetida funk, this nose really really speaks to me in a way that I can't imagine not pinpointing down as Italian. On the palate, sweet cherry fruit washes over the palate leaving a path of dry tannin in its wake. This well composed and correctly oriented Chianti cries out for marinara, mozzarella, red pepper, and pizza, yes pizza (among many other foods). I believe the mouthfeel of this wine will improve after another couple years or so of age. Medium finish. Black pepper dust. Goes down easy. So far, I've really enjoyed everything I've tried from this producer.
Rounding into form. Pooped and poured. Limpid red, good nose of cherries, medium palate with cherry fruit forward and chocolate notes in the background. Nice acid balance with a medium finish that is clean. Very friendly wine with or without food. Remained strong on day 2, so I suspect several years of good drinking left.
What I love about this Chianti is that I can't stop drinking it. It beckons me like a moth to a flame. Very fruity flavor, lighter in weight than it's deep color would suggest. Black cherry and a touch of chocolate on the nose. Can't beat it for the price.
Nicely drinkable with a few hours of air right now. For my money, this wine is pretty much perfectly poised between traditional and modern; it tastes like Sangiovese but has a bit of extra black-fruited extraction and savvy tannin management to give it a class and depth beyond a humble wicker-basket bistro quaffer. Chalky, food-friendly with its ample acidity, long and light again, with some blark cherry sweetness to balance the astringency. Again, better in 5-to-10, but excellent right now. 92 pts today, good upside.
This is delicious Chianti. This is the first bottle of this and a pleasant surprise. Opened but not decanted about an hour before we drank the wine. The wine is a beautiful clear garnet. Lively nose of blackberries, currents, bright fruit, and a little spice. The palate explodes with tangy freshness;nicely balanced acidity; smooth tannin. Blackberry, light peppery, spicy, fruity flavors. Medium finish. Wonderful. This will go well with spaghetti later this evening.
Another nice bottle - takes a while to open up and then reveals classic chianti profile. Dark sour cherry flavors and aromas, and good acidity. Still some sharp edges, but also just beginning to mellow a bit.
Tight and with sharp edges when first opened. Mellows after about 30 minutes of air. Ripe cherry and spice with a floral component. Smooth and medium bodied with a good dose of acidity and drying tannins. Perfect match for the lasagna we ate with it.
Drunk out of plastic cups (nothing else around) and it was still tasty. Nice palate and length, good acidity. Nose kind of hard to judge, good finish. Very sangiovese in weight and texture, which worked well on a summer evening.
Chianti Blind at the Wine Club (The Wine Club, Santa Ana): Served blind. The nose shows nothing distinctive being bland red wine. Fairly simple cherry palate that shows balance with strong acid and tannin. Another nice simple dinner wine but with a bigger price tag that removes it's value.
A bit tough and hard on the finish on night one, fruit dominated by tannin. Day 2, fruit came out well to get to a classic Sangiovese nose and palate, drank more smoothly and maintained good depth of palate. Very nice for this level, needs probably two years, good upside potential.
served with pasta and all the refirgerator left overs in the red sauce including the sausage and flank steak; big and complex dark cherry, currant, tobacco, herbs; more oak and heavier than i personally like but my wife loved it; more open on day 2 and now finally has some sweetness to the fruit; i prefer the regular to the riserva for the first few years
Since first having this back in December, I've gone back and purchased, and consumed, at least 3 more bottles in the last 3 weeks. A testament to how good and enjoyable this Chianti is right now. I'd love to try the 06 Rancia but it's twice the price of this Riserva and certainly can't be twice as good can it?
2006 Chianti Tastings Blind (Bell's Wine Shop, DC): Very nice. The wine retains the earthy, chianti driven feel with dark cherry and a floral expansive nose. The wine has grip and textured tannins that are almost chewy. Still has a ton of structure but is more accessible than the other bigger wines. Turns out to be the Felsina Riserva and I’m glad to know as I can drink these while waiting for the Rancias!
nose: tight, but lovely nose of marjoram, roasted herbs, red cherries, plums, bits of leather, tobacco, red florals and some bits of potpurri. Good depth and expression on the nose that is quintessentially tuscany
taste: Good tannins and medium+ acidity with well balanced tones of red cherries, marjoram, leather, tobacco, potpurri, and various spices and herbs
overall: this needs time. Very good acidity and tannins give this a good backbone, this really is asking for some aging to let it all come together and show itself off fully. Pretty good off of pop n pour, this is delicious and a great example of chianti classico riserva
2006 Chianti Tasting (Bell's): There was a slight mint on the nose at first, seemed to blow off, but this was a complex...dense wine. The wine itself was full of charcoal, deep cherry, sour cherry, with a very nice amount of dried tobacco. There was also a slight meatiness on this wine that i didn't see on the others. Very nice!
We let this open more than the last bottle with positive results as it showed more flowers, tar and spice. This wine has focus and texture and potential to spare which Greenblanket will never experience if he keeps drinking his at this rate.
Nose is dark fruited, with hints of tar & floral aromatics...came across slightly rustic. Palate felt very clean & full, with great dark fruits showing themselves nicely around light oak influences. Pretty long finish has plenty of tannin, but on day 2 it started to reveal more dark cherry & potpurri elements. I'd probably call it 88 on day 1, 90 on day 2, and potential to go higher.
Aromas of rich, ripe cherry and spice. Rather tightly wound, it needed a few minutes to begin to open up. Medium bodied with a mostly smooth mouthfeel, but also with lots of sharp edges. Flavors are somewhat primary and match the nose, along with the addition of some oak and a pleasant floral element. Dry tannins with a slightly acidic finish. I like what is there now, but it clearly will become richer, smoother and more complex with another year+ in the bottle.
Purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of blueberries (light), raspberries and violets. Flavors of berries, cherries and raspberries. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium body. Drink over the medium term.
Tuscan Treasures (Farpointe Cellar): The nose had a good mix of fruit and flowers. There was cherry, plum, and violets. The palate was a little tannic, but had a lot of floral notes. It also had plum and a cherry finish.
As stated with the non-Riserva, doing a little drinking Felsina prior to going to their winery in October. This wine showed better than the non-Riserva. Although young it required less decanting, it did not have the initial metallic taste. Dark fruits, black cherry mostly. Would buy again.