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Felsina Vin Santo Chianti Classico 2010

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This opens with a huge bay leaf and vanilla bubblegum tone, the oak here is still obvious with very little fruit in evidence though there are nice tones of earth, tobacco, and prosciutto fat adding some complexity. The texture is creamy and velvetty with lowish acidity and finely polished tannins. The core or bitter black cherry fruit remains with and edge of leather and bitter almond adding some complexity. The texture here is absolutely fascinating though the oaken flavors that accompany the creaminess are a bit much. The softest, oakiest Fontalloro. 87pts

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Fattoria di Felsina:
Fèlsina. A name reaching back to Etruscan times. A feeling that infuses the air, in harmony with the quality of the light, with the earth’s scent and the fragrance of the breezes, with the march of the seasons and night time silences. Before the eye that ranges unencumbered in all directions, a metaphysical landscape takes shape. A wondrous unfolding of hills, none blocking its neighbour, al... Read more
Fèlsina. A name reaching back to Etruscan times. A feeling that infuses the air, in harmony with the quality of the light, with the earth’s scent and the fragrance of the breezes, with the march of the seasons and night time silences. Before the eye that ranges unencumbered in all directions, a metaphysical landscape takes shape. A wondrous unfolding of hills, none blocking its neighbour, all offering spacious spectra of colour, yellow to indigo, in luminous waves rolling to a horizon majestically profiled with an ancient volcano, Monte Amiata, beloved of the Etruscans, that enigmatic race that first offered the vine and the olive to the early civilization of the Italic peninsula. This en-lightened land lived an extraordinary moment in Italy’s history, witnessing, if only for a few moments, the dream come true of an ideal city: Siena. Siena of the 13th and 14th centuries, where nature and art crowned the creative genius of those dwelling in such favoured spaces. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Felsina Vin Santo Chianti Classico

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,057
3.00 5
Vintage: 1993 11/11/2008

This opens with a huge bay leaf and vanilla bubblegum tone, the oak here is still obvious with very little fruit in evidence though there are nice tones of earth, tobacco, and prosciutto fat adding some complexity. The texture is creamy and velvetty with lowish acidity and finely polished tannins. The core or bitter black cherry fruit remains with and edge of leather and bitter almond adding some complexity. The texture here is absolutely fascinating though the oaken flavors that accompany the creaminess are a bit much. The softest, oakiest Fontalloro. 87pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,057
4.50 5
Vintage: 1990 11/10/2008

Effusive aromas of vanilla, toffee, coffee crema soar from the glass with deep tones of dried apricot, smoky caramel and butterscotch and a lurking edge of bitter orange peel flambe. In the mouth this retains impressive power yet has fine balance with a thick yet neither cloying or overly sweet character that has lovely depth to it's slightly bitter burnt sugar note and extremely long finish of honey dipped apricot kernels, dried peach and amaretto crunch. Really drinking well and so much better than a bottle 4 years ago. Absolutely delicious 94pts


Member Reviews for Felsina Vin Santo Chianti Classico

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Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549178,571
2.50 5
Vintage: 2000 01/01/2010

Yellow gold color in the glass with aromas of roasted nuts, caramel and a bit of nail polish remover. On the palate this was rich and thick but not too much going on beyond the nuttiness and well balanced acid to sweetness. This does have a good structure and so I'm hoping that time will unlock more secondary flavors. I wont touch another bottle for at least five years.


Snooth User: techdef
141693124
3.50 5
Vintage: 2000 02/24/2009

Great with biscotti to dip


Snooth User: techdef
141693124
3.50 5
Vintage: 2000 02/24/2009

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549178,571
0.00 5
Vintage: 1990 11/10/2008

I think I love Vin Santo, the biggest reason is the number one thing, the few I’ve had really remind me of my Grandfather’s pipe smoke. Amazing what childhood memories do to you. The nose on this was candy sweet with layers of spices and wood. Fruitcake and maple syrup. Then you sip it and the sweetness is nowhere near as prevalent as you’d expect. Instead you taste caramel, peach, clove and cinnamon spice. All carried by a lush full-bodied frame that manages to melt away to a refreshing and clean finish. You could spend the whole night just smelling this glass.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549178,571
4.00 5
Vintage: 1990 11/10/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Felsina Vin Santo Chianti Classico

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
Vintage: 2004 02/15/2014

Golden yellow, with coppery highlights. Peach, apricot, pineapple and tropical fruit aromas.Consistency on the palate, softness and elegance nicely structured by the oak barrels.Wine with great balance, favorable acidity and a well-harmonized residual sugar. Long in the mouth.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2004 01/16/2015

Bright, pale yellow-gold color. Pear and peach nectar along with strong nutty, caramel, honey and raisin aromas on the nose. Dense, tactile and harmonious, with an exotic candied sweetness to the flavors of dried apricot, toffee and vanillin oak. This wine’s long, smooth finish and lush, pliant texture give it immediate appeal. Much better than the 2003.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2004 01/16/2015

The 2004 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico is stunningly beautiful. This is a fairly restrained vintage for the Vin Santo in which some of the wine’s more oxidative qualities are less evident than in other years. Orange peel, burnt sugar, dried flowers and herbs wrap around the generous, inviting finish. Despite its nearly 8 years of age, the 2004 remains very young, with a bright life ahead of it. The wine needs several hours if opened today. Felsina’s Vin Santo is 55% Malvasia, 25% Trebbiano and 20% Sangiovese, aged 7 years in the traditional small Vin Santo casks. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2024.


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
Vintage: 2003 02/21/2013

Leuchtende Bernsteinfarbe. Sein Bukett erinnert an reife und getrocknete Früchte, Aprikosen, Gewürznelken, Muskatnuss und Tabak. Im Gaumen verführerisch süss und samtig mit einer ausgewogenen Säurestruktur und einem langen, aromatischen Abgang.


External Review
Vintage: 2000 03/03/2010

RP: 93 Points WS: 87 points


External Review
Vintage: 2000 10/06/2009

This dessert wine comes from the Chianti Classico zone of Tuscany. I'ts made by first air-drying the grapes for 7 months. Then there's fermentation in small casks for 7 years. The result is a nutty sultan raisined peach dessert wine that's sweet but balanced.


External Review
Vintage: 2000 03/05/2009

This dessert wine comes from the Chianti Classico zone of Tuscany. I'ts made by first air-drying the grapes for 7 months. Then there's fermentation in small casks for 7 years. The result is this nutty, sultan raisined, peach dessert wine that's sweet but balanced with meyer lemon acidity.


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