felsina, chianti classico, colonia gran selezione 2015

felsina, chianti classico, colonia gran selezione 2015

Critics' Scores

    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    This is quickly rising to the top of the list of the most collectible wines made in the Chianti Classico appellation. The 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colonia is a spectacular achievement with a super dense and dark core that recalls this rocky growing site with little top soil. The rock was blasted out with dynamite to make room for the vines that power this beautiful wine today. This is a gutsy and muscular expression that benefits quite specifically from warm and sunny vintages such as this. This wine needs a little extra sunshine to loosen and soften up the very tight texture that comes so naturally. You definitely feel the youth of the tannins here, and I suggest giving this wine a lot of lead time to allow for a slow and graceful evolution. Only 6,000 bottles were made.


    Surrounded by forest, Colonia is the highest part of the 9ha Poggio a Rancia vineyard, on very rocky soil rich in minerals. It typically gives the fullest, most structured expression of Sangiovese at Fèlsina. In the 2015, the aromas are complex and appealing yet already demonstrating some evolution. Black tea, tobacco, dried mint and leather scents recur on the palate. While there are ample tannins, they are relaxed and approachable. You don't need to wait for this, nor does it suggest long-term cellaring, but it will be absolutely delicious over the next 10-12 years.


    The 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colonia is the richest and most overt of Fèlsina's three top Sangioveses (the other two being Rancia and Fontalloro). Dark and explosive in the glass, the 2015 Colonia possesses layers of super-ripe dense fruit to match its decidedly virile, muscular personality. As always, Colonia has a stronger French oak imprint than the other wines in the range, but the oak is better balanced today than it was in the first few years. The 2015 is an impressive Colonia.

    James Suckling

    This is really a unique Chianti Classico that wouldn’t be out of place among a flight of nebbiolo! Pure aromas of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries with hints of sweet hazelnuts, cigar box, tea leaves and dried leaves. On the full-bodied palate, the perfectly ripe and silky tannins are juxtaposed with really crisp and exciting acidity. A crunchy yet chewy finish. What a wine. Delicious now, but it can age for a long time.

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