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Felsina Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2006
- Great Domaines
- Vinous Media
- Wine Advocate
all ratings out of 100 points.
"The 2006 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico represens a blend of Trebbiano and Malvasia del Chianti that is aged in small oak barrels called caratelli for seven long years. This is a beautiful expression that is not too sweet or heavy. Indeed, it offers a noticeable level of elegance and sophistication that you don't always find in this category of dessert wine from central Italy. The bouquet shows candied fruit, honey, brown sugar and grilled herb. Fèlsina produces 9,000 bottles of this wine, making it one of the biggest producers of Vin Santo in the Chianti Classico area." - Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate
Trebbiano, Malvasia and Sangiovese
2015 - 2040
100 litre oak casks containing the “mother”
Vineyards & vinification:
Vineyard Valli and vineyard Il Poggiolo, located in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, northeast of Siena, on the southern border of the Chianti Classico denomination
At the southern tip of the Chianti Classico appellation, in the commune of Castelnuvo Berardenga, lies one of the region’s most important estates. Felsina is a magnificent 350 hectare estate, so space is hardly an issue. The 75 hectares of vineyard produce an astounding 500 000 bottles each year. These are divided between the indigenous Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malvasia and Chardonnay.
The estate was acquired in 1964 by the Poggiali family, and is today run by cousins Caterina Mazzocolin and Giovanni Poggiali. Their philosophy is one of balance, not only in their wines, but also between agriculture, people and the environment. Much of the vineyards were replanted in the 1980s, making the average age of the vines about 30 years. Extensive renovations and upgrades to both cellar and storage facilities have also been done.
What sets them apart is that their Chianti is composed of only Sangiovese. A Chianti Classico is allowed to make use of Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Malvasia Bianco. Felsina leaves the latter two out of their Chianti Classico “blend” and uses only a single varietal. This philosophy gives rise to a certain authenticity in this underrated Tuscan grape.
In the short 50 years they have been producing Chianti, they have emerged as one of the leading estates in Chianti Classico. Truly an Italian icon.