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In Stock: 2016 Fèlsina Chianti Classico Riserva—94-Points, $26.99 - 11/11/2019 - Italy

2016 was a knockout vintage in Tuscany, so it should come as little surprise that Fèlsina, one of the region’s top-performing estates, delivered an absolutely dazzling Chianti Classico Riserva. Earning its highest mark ever from Wine Spectator there’s no doubting the very special qualities of this wine. As Monica Larner of Wine Advocate notes “this beautiful wine boasts all the best qualities of this vintage,” adding that it is one of the “world's most achieved expressions.” This is high praise for a wine that will only set you back $26.99, but then that’s precisely what we’ve come to expect from Fèlsina. Beautifully combining power and refinement, it glides effortlessly from one strength to the next. This is one of the great collectible values in the world of wine. While this 2016 can be enjoyed now, the greatest reward will go to those who cellar for another five years, allowing the wine’s multi-dimensional character to fully emerge. A sublime red from start to finish, Fèlsina has proven once again why it is firmly ensconced in Tuscany’s top tier. Pick up a case and enjoy this inspired rendition over the ten to twenty years. Bravo!

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2016 Fèlsina Chianti Classico Riserva ($26.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Streamlined and elegant, this mid-weight red trots out notes of grilled herb and dark fruit nuances that segue to spice, tilled earth and savory tobacco, with great complexity. This 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardenga is still a bit closed and tight, but this beautiful wine boasts all the best qualities of this vintage. It shows elegance and power, two contrasting characteristics that only work well together in the world's most achieved expressions. The most satisfying aspect of this Riserva is the crisp acidity on the close that keeps the palate refreshed and ready for the next sip. (ML)" (05/2019)

93 points Wine Spectator: "This red offers density and focus, creating an ideal frame for the cherry, strawberry, almond, leather and earth flavors. A firm backbone of tannins lends structure and the finish persists, leaving an accent of bitter almond. (BS)" (12/2019)

92 points Vinous: "The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva shows all the quality and pedigree of the year in its layered personality and overall nuance. Cedar, dried cherry, game licorice and tobacco convey the darker, gamier side of Sangiovese that is such a signature at Fèlsina. The 2016 finishes with terrific energy and bright acids that suggest it will enjoy a long life in the cellar, but readers should plan on giving it at least a few years in bottle. (AG)" (08/2019)