2012 Fattoria di Felsina Chianti Classico Berardenga Riserva

Year: 2012
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 95
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :

"Fresh and harmonious, mingling cherry, currant, tobacco and mineral flavors effortlessly. The tannins are well-mannered, and this lingers with tea and leafy notes. Drink now through 2021. 6,000 cases made. –BS" (WS)

"The 2012 vintage was less problematic in the Castelnuovo Berardenga sub zone compared to other parts of the Chianti Classico appellation. Fèlsina's 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardenga is full, generous and reflects the house style of this celebrated estate. Fruit is sourced from 35-year-old vines and the harvest takes place at various intervals in order to ensure optimal ripeness. Soft cherry and spice give the wine an elegant approach.

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." (WA)

"The 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva shows the intensity of the warm, early ripening vintage, but is also quite closed today, with little in the way of expressiveness. There is plenty of depth in the glass, which makes me think all the 2012 needs is a bit more time to fully come together. Readers will find a wine that is a bit slender in feel, but with radiant fruit that just needs time to fully emerge." (VM)

"Traditional style Chianti Classico with cedar, dried meat, dark chocolate and tobacco aromas. Full body, silky and polished tannins and a fantastic finish. A wine that shows depth and lots of flavor. Lively acidity too. Drink now." (JS)

"This took a few minutes to open up in the glass to reveal enticing aromas of dark berry, fragrant purple flowers and mint. The palate offers black cherry, vanilla, espresso, clove and well-integrated oak alongside firm tannins." (WE)

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