Felsina Berardenga I Sistri Chardonnay 2019

Felsina Berardenga I Sistri Chardonnay 2019

 

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Felsina Berardenga
I Sistri Chardonnay 2019
  • Vintage : 2019
  • Country : Italy
  • Region : Tuscany
  • Subregion
  • Type : White
  • Style Creamy Full Bodied White
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 13,5°
  • Grappes : 100% Chardonnay

Sistri were ancient Egyptian musical instruments linked to Isis, goddess of agriculture and fertility. A classic ripe-fruit Chardonnay nose, with a blend of tropical fruit, vanilla and appealing notes of spice.

Experts Score Vintage
JS James Suckling 94 2019
DCT Decanter 92 2019
RP Robert Parker 91 2019
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 91 2019
WS Wine Spectator 90 2019
WE Wine Enthusiast 92 2018
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Tasting notes:

Deep straw yellow, I Sistri has a classic ripe-fruit Chardonnay nose, with a blend of tropical fruit and vanilla and appealing notes of spice. It displays elegant structure with a fresh acidity and a superb finish.

Vineyards:

The grapes are grown on vineyards covering 4.72 hectares of Chardonnay vines. The training system is Guyot, with 8-14 buds per vine, planted at a density of 5,400 per hectare. Cluster thinning takes place in July in order to reduce yields and increase concentration. The vineyards are situated at approximately 370 metres above sea level and face south/southwest. Soils are sandy with alluvial pebbles. Sistra (sistri) were ancient Egyptian musical instruments linked to the cult of Isis, goddess of agriculture and fertility. The instrument, popular with the Greeks, Romans, and Hebrews, consisted of a horseshoe-shaped frame struck by moveable rods, creating a sound very similar to the German Glockenspiel.

Vinification:

Whole-cluster pressing yielded about 60% free-run must, which was then cold-settled and racked. The must then fermented in small barrels where it remained on the lees until March before blending. After blending, it continued to mature until July before bottling.

James Suckling (JS) : 94 Points (2019)
A beautiful, creamy red with cherry and chocolate character. Hints of dried earth. It’s medium-to full-bodied with creamy tannins and a long, flavorful finish. shows firmness and tension. Very drinkable now, but will improve beautifully with age. Drink now.

Decanter (DCT) : 92 Points (2019)
At the southeastern limit of Chianti Classico, Fèlsina’s expansive vineyards look towards Montalcino. The annata is assembled from various parcels rising from 320 to 420 metres on rocky calcareous soil with layers of sandstone. As usual, it is more earthy than fruity, bringing in evocative accents of violet, liquorice and pepper. The palate is superbly textured with fine, grainy tannins providing a sensuous grip. Dark fruited and tangy with admirable depth, it will drink well now and over the next decade. Finishes with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Robert Parker (RP) : 91 Points (2019)
One of the best vantage points for drinking Chianti Classico is at the entry level. A wine like the Fèlsina 2019 Chianti Classico Berardenga offers so much freshness and cheerful, easy-drinking appeal. It's a terrific partner to pizza, pasta or basically anything on the trattoria menu tonight. This wine shows bright cherry flavors and redcurrant with pressed flowers and some tangy blood orange. It is steady and generous, with lots of bright primary intensity.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 91 Points (2019)
The 2019 Chianti Classico Berardenga is a classic wine for the year. Bright, perfumed and light on its feet, the 2019 Chianti Classico Berardenga is so wonderfully expressive. There is a feeling of vibrancy to the 2019 that is hugely appealing. A wine of energy more than power. Crushed red berry fruit, cinnamon linger in a gorgeous Chianti Classico that is more about transparency than power.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 90 Points (2019)
This is lively, its cherry, strawberry and orange peel flavors picking up earth and woodsy accents. Firm tannins sweep in on the finish, yet this stays fresh and long. A touch more austere than many '19s.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 92 Points (2018)
New leather, camphor and blue flower are some of the aromas you'll find on this bright, fragrant red. On the medium-bodied palate, vibrant acidity and taut tannins surround cassis, Marasca cherry and tobacco notes. Drink 2022–2028.

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Felsina Berardenga I Sistri Chardonnay 2019 Reviewed by James Suckling 30-12-2021 . Score: 4.5