Gorgeous and soft, Felsina’s Fontalloro 2018 is another symbolic wine of Tuscany. It presents itself in the glass with great intensity and the wine is only at the beginning of its long trajectory. Fontalloro is a Sangiovese of thickness and generosity. Notes of ripe fruit are intertwined with hints of dark spices and leather. The tannins are fine and well integrated.
The vineyards, from which the grapes for the production of Fontalloro come, are located within the Chianti Classico area in the upper part of Fèlsina and in the Chianti Colli Senesi appellation (at heights between 330 and 407 meters above sea level). The vineyards are mainly exposed to the south-west, and are characterized by different soils: rocky, calcareous and clayey, those of the Chianti Classico; rich in sand, silt, small pebbles and marine sediments, those on the border with the Crete Senesi. First year of production 1983.
After the crushing and destemming of the selected grapes, fermentation begins between 28 ° C and 30 ° C. The entire maceration process in steel tanks for 16-20 days with automatic punching down and daily pumping over. In March-April the new wine is transferred to new and first passage French oak barrels, after 18-22 months of maturation it follows the assembly and bottling. In glass the refinement is guaranteed for at least 8-12 months before sale.
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.