The Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colonia comes from a vineyard surrounded by woods which was replanted in 1993. This vineyard is located in the highest part of the Rancia hill. The total extension is 2,668 hectares of which 1,627 are planted with Sangiovese. The name derives from the farmhouse located at the top of the vineyard.
The Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colonia 2016 has an impressive olfactory variety: hints of raspberries, blueberries, red plums and hot stones. Spicy and leather hints. Full-bodied wine with ripe and velvety tannins and a long and crunchy finish.
It was 1966 when Domenico Poggialini bought the property of Felsina in the Berardenga area in the far south of the Chianti Classico appellation.
At that time the company existed mainly for the production of oil, cereals and other crops. There were just 2.5 hectares of vineyards and while Domenico and his son Beppe worked hard to expand the vineyards and the winery during the early years, it was only with the arrival of Giuseppe Mazzacolin following his marriage to Domenico’s daughter , Gloria, that Felsina took flight.
With Mazzacolin, Bernabei’s wine consultancy and the need to focus on Sangiovese as the company’s main grape also came, as opposed to the fashion of the period which saw the reliance on Bordeaux vines.
The wines of Felsina are children of their terroir which is very varied. The soils can be clayey-sandy with marine deposits or stony (alberese) and poor.
The result is an exciting palette of Chianti Classico that have in common a generous body, great complexity and notes of fruit and undergrowth that are always clearly perceptible.