1995 Felsina Berardenga Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva

September 16, 2014

Name:Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva
Vintage:1995
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Sangiovese
Producer:Felsina Berardenga
Region:Italy / Toscana
Alcohol:13.5%

It’s serious, buttoned-up, aged, but with a boisterous streak which requires time in a glass to present itself. Initial dominance of underbrush and mushrooms subsides allowing cherry-heavy mature fruit mixed with cedar and violets to peek out. Tannins and acidity show little desire to vanish after nearly 2 years, but do turn down the intensity. Probably should’ve been drunk younger.

2008 Felsina Berardenga I Sistri

September 16, 2014

Name:I Sistri
Vintage:2008
Type:White Wine
Varietal:Chardonnay
Producer:Felsina Berardenga
Region:Italy / Toscana
Alcohol:n/a

Very well made despite heavy oak. Very much alive, the balance (albeit oak-skewed) holds strong. If you’re in the mood for something a bit rounder and woodier, this is a good direction. Open-fire grilled chicken barbeques a perfect food match; smokey characters click nicely.