2009 Fattoria di Felsina Chianti Classico Berardenga 375 ml

Year: 2009
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 90
Red Wine
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"In a darker, balsamic vein, this red evokes tar, black cherry, underbrush and tobacco flavors. They're all held together by the dense, fine tannins. Oak spice emerges on the taut finish. Best from 2014 through 2025. 24,166 cases made." (WS)

"The 2009 Chianti Classico shows excellent weight and depth to match its expressive dark red fruit. This is an especially open vintage for the Chianti Classico. The 2009 is probably not destined for a super long life, but will drink beautifully for at least a handful of years. Hints of earthiness and tar add to an impression of gravitas in this vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021.

Felsina is the house Giuseppe Mazzocolin built, to borrow a phrase from Babe Ruth and the original Yankee Stadium. Last year Mazzocolin decided to step back from his insane day to day schedule running the winery. While Mazzocolin remains intimately involved in the winery, the future leadership of Felsina is in the hands of Giovanni Poggiali, the oldest son of proprietor Giuseppe Poggiali." (WA)

Winery Notes:
The 2009 vintage was the child of a fairly balanced growing season, at least until the end of June. Winter brought abundant rains and mild temperatures, which encouraged early vine growth and brought slightly forward budbreak and the successive phases, including flowering, which took place in late May, when temperatures reached 5-6oC above average. Just the right amount of rainfall in June built up groundwater reserves, enabling the vines to confront summer’s high temperatures and dry conditions. These high temperatures lasted, in fact, through the first week in September, without adversely affecting balanced vegetative growth, since diurnal temperature swings from late August on ensured the vines beneficial low nighttime temperatures. Such balanced conditions continued through all of September and, although there was some welcome rainfall, the return of sunny weather brought with it full ripeness in the grapes. Harvesting of the Sangiovese, which began September 11 and concluded October 15, was carried out under perfect weather conditions, and the grapes came into the cellar sound and healthy, with just the right acidity and significant concentrations of aromatic compounds.