2013 Felsina "Colonia" Gran Selezione Chianti Classico

SKU #1362264 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This wine opens to rich intensity and a dark purple-blackish color that is simply gorgeous to behold. The 2013 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colonia is a superb expression that delivers so much joy on almost every measurable level. This vintage offers superb density and intensity with sharply defined aromas of black cherry, ripe blackberry, spice, leather and moist tobacco. There is a sweet note on the close that lasts for a minute or two before returning your taste buds to sophisticated and savory flavors. This is a gorgeous, gorgeous achievement. Drink through 2035. (ML)  (10/2017)

95 points Vinous

 Volume, power and breadth are the signatures of the 2013 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colonia. This is the first vintage in which Colonia falls in line with the rest of the Fèlsina range from a stylistic standpoint. Among other things, the use of French oak is much more measured than it was in Colonia's first vintages. Next to the flagship Rancia, Colonia is a sleeker, and perhaps a bit more polished, although it doesn't quite offer the same direct expression of Sangiovese. (AG)  (1/2018)

94 points Decanter

 The Colonia vineyard boasts a very rocky galestro soil rich in magnesium and iron. Though planted in 1993, it wasn't made as a separate bottling until 2006, and less than 3,000 bottles are produced. It's aged mostly in used barriques , and the 2013 is a heady tangle of underbrush, incense, ripe cherry, mint and fragrant fennel. It's very polished but true to its origins; dense, savoury and mineral with layers of tactile, powdery tannins that will carry the wine for a couple of decades. Drinking window 2020-2036 (JA)  (2/2018)

94 points James Suckling

 Complex aromas of raspberries, blueberries, red plums and hot stones. Some new wood, too. Medium to full body, ripe and velvety tannins and a long very crisp finish. I like the intensity and the style here. Delicious now.  (7/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 100% Sangiovese. Deep, maturing ruby with bright bricky rim. Finely perfumed brooding nose suggesting richness. Hint of camphor. Concentrated but contained richness on the palate with fine, polished tannins and lots of fruit framed by fresh acidity. Elegant and truly age-worthy. 17.5/20 points. (WS)  (9/2018)


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By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2018 | Send Email
A powerful Chianti with characteristics that remind me of a high end Super Tuscan. It is bold with deep and concentrated red fruits. The dusty French oak tannins mingle with the almost chewy grape tannins. A gentle acidity delicately holds the wine together while really showcasing those other bold flavors.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2018 | Send Email
A tiny 300 case lot coming from the Rancia hill, this is about as prestigious as Chianti gets. Deep red plum, fine french oak, and menthol combine for complex aromas that lead to a palate full of a cacophony of red fruit, mouthwatering acidity, and a balance of wood and fruit tannin. The texture is a masterpiece - seamless without an edge to be found, an incredibly purity and refinement rarely seen in Chianti. I've adored most everything coming from Felsina in 2013 and this is no exception. It's not inexpensive, but when compared to other pure Sangiovese collectibles like Flaccianello or Testamatta, it will more than hold its own.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2018 | Send Email
The big boy in the Felsina stable, this newest entrant is like their famous Rancia bottling, but stacked with more intensity, structure and extract. Lots of fruit, but plenty of savory notes as well. The vineyard used for this bottling is in fact located up above Rancia, and apparently delivers a powerful bottle of wine that demands some time in the cellar -I'd love to see how it is drinking a decade from now.

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Varietal:

Sangiovese

- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Chianti

- Chianti is the most famous wine name in Italy is not the name of a grape but actually a region. Chianti lies in the 35 miles of hills between Florence and Siena, a complex geological region as well as geographically. The extraordinary geography makes grape growing a very challenging feat with multiple exposures and soil types on the same estate. The region comprises 9 different communes not dissimilar to Bordeaux wherein each commune has a particular characteristic that shows in the wine. The wine is made predominantly Sangiovese, the grape must comprise at least 80% of the blend. Chianti Classico is the "classic" region, though many other nearby regions now use the name "Chianti" to make similar wines. The "Gallo Nero" or Black Rooster on many of the Chianti Classico bottles is a private consortium of producers who try and control the direction of production and quality amongst their members.