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Fattoria di Felsina

In the 17 published editions of Gambero Rosso, this Tuscan estate has won the coveted Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses) award 17 times. And they did it by revealing the true essence of the Sangiovese grape and the Chianti Classico terroir. This tells us that this is a winery of consistency, producing Chianti Classicos with the ability to age up to two decades for the right vintage. As at the great Brunello estates, it is the marriage of an ideal microclimate and the uncompromising commitment of a dedicated staff that educes the full character of Tuscany's noble grape, even in off vintages. Even more importantly, this is a producer who creates compelling wines and releases them at contained prices, making Felsina accessible to all wine enthusiasts and one of Italy's greatest values!

Fattoria di Felsina is situated in the hills northeast of Siena in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, on the southern tip of the Chianti Classico DOCG production region. The estate maintains the majority of the 75 hectares inside the Classico borders with a small part resting in the Crete Senesi. How this estate came to be is a Tuscan love story: in 1976, Giuseppe Mazzocolin married Gloria Poggialli in the chapel on the Felsina estate. From that day on, the role of the dedicated Latin and Greek school teacher quickly changed from educator to agricultural artisan. Though the Poggialli family had purchased Felsina in 1964, it wasn’t until the early '80s that Mazzocolin took the helm of the estate and changed its course to focus on more Sangiovese. With the arrival of talented wine consultant Franco Bernabei began a period of experimentation; Franco and Giuseppe tried and tested new methods and vines and determined that the southern estate was a natural breeding ground for a unique, richer Sangiovese capable of producing more full-bodied wines that could retain the traditional elegance of the grape. Thus in 1983 Fontalloro and Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia were born!

Fontalloro is a cuvee of grapes from vineyards spread across three sites, two of which rest outside the delineated zone of Chianti Classico. Because parts lie outside of the Classico borders the Fontolloro will never be labeled Chianti Classico, but rather a Super-Tuscan or IGT wine. Mazzocolin deliberately took the vineyard outside the zone because he felt that the mixture of soils provide the wine with a distinctive flavor. With the 2000 vintage the cru select Riserva Rancia, a dark, powerful union of three different vineyards, stole the Tre Bicchieri award from Fontalloro, and the two wines continue to compete for critical acclaim.



Wines:
Chianti Classico Fèlsina Berardenga
Chianti Classico Riserva Berardenga
Chianti Classico Riserva Rància
Fontalloro
Maestro Raro
I Sistri
Vin Santo
Region: Toscana

DOC(G)s:
Chianti Classico
Vin Santo del Chianti Classico
Toscana IGT