Fèlsina Tasting

Tasted October 10, 2014 by Timbalimba with 297 views

Introduction

One flight, non-blind, tasted with Giuseppe Maccozolin and winemaker Franco Bernabei.

All of the red wines displayed plenty of structure and acidity and my impression is that they will need time or hearty food to really shine. This was a very traditional, yet cleanly made Chianti style that didn't seem to pay any heed to the current fad of Parkerization. For which we are all grateful...

Flight 1 (9 notes)

White
2012 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga I Sistri Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
85 points
Slightly muted, cellar aromas. Lacking a bit of fruit and freshness. Dominant oak on the finish. Decent
Red
2011 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
88 points
Old oak, plum fruit, a bit stewy on the nose. Muted, not very expressive. Very acidic on the palate, good attack. Needs time. 88+
Red
2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
88 points
Slightly stewed fruit, tomato, prunes, hint of tobacco. More settled than the '11. Good acidity. Slightly non-descriptive. Needs time. 88+
Red
2009 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
90 points
Roses, more perfume, more expressive yet more primary than the Berardengas. Fresh, very high acidity. Good length. Clean and tight. Needs time. 90+
Red
2009 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
91 points
Tobacco, licquorice, tomato, ripe brown fruit. Hint of sour cherry, kirsch. Bitter almond evolving with time. Medium bodied, strong kirsch fruit, dark chocolate. High acidity. Finishes well. Needs time. 91+
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Red
2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
90 points
Gunsmoke, hot minerals, some roses underneath. Very attractive, just slightly hot on the nose. Medium bodied, gunsmoke and wild raspberry flavours. Almost Nebbiolo-like. Decent finish. 89-91.
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Red
1999 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
92 points
Integrated, settled, great bouquet. Licquorice and faded flowers, molasses, barnyard too. Full bodied on the palate, sweet mature fruit, flowers. In balance. A touch of heat on the finish. 92-94
Red
2009 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colonia Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
92 points
Expensive, premium nose, quality oak. Still closed and silent, you can feel the brooding potential. Slowly releasing cherry and bitter almond. Primary on the palate as well, very high acidity, high extract, concentrated kirsch, like biting into red cherries. Needs time. 92-96?
White - Sweet/Dessert
2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Vin Santo del Chianti Classico Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Vin Santo del Chianti Classico
94 points
Oxidised, nutty on the nose, honeyed overtones, molasses. Viscous in the mouth, molasses, Christmas cake, cinnamon, all sorts of exotic yellow fruit, chewy, oaky midpalate. Heavy toasted oak on the finish, cinnamon and Asian spice again. Very nicely balanced, complex, inviting. Great.
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