2008 I Veroni, Vin Santo del Chianti Rufina, Occhio di Pernice (RT 92) Popped and poured, this was deeper and darker than the two Felsina Vin Santo’s, which is no surprise given it’s crafted from 100% Sangiovese. Classic autumnal notes emerge of darker dried stone fruit, caramel, raisin and fig, but the notes are somewhat muddled in their presentation and precision. Still, a lovely dessert wine. Drink now-2028+
2006 Felsina, Vin Santo del Chianti Cassico (RT 96) Also popped and poured. As I recently reviewed the 2007 for an upcoming article that will feature all the current releases from Felsina, this proved a perfect side-by-side comparison of the two. A blend of Trebbiano, Malvasia and Sangiovese. Felsina makes one of the finest Vin Santo’s in the market today, and this 2006 proved quite a structured rendition of this magical wine. It differs from the 2007 in that it reveals a bit more focus and underlying precision. Notes of dried apricot, orange and lemon peel, toasted hazelnut and dried fig dominate the wine. The palate shows a fine focus with beautiful fruit that takes on an almost liqueur-like quality with pin point acidity and a lovely, extended finish. Drink now-2036
2007 Felsina, Vin Santo del Chianti Classico (RT 95) While I won’t steal my complete reviews’ thunder, suffice to say this was very close in quality to the 2006 and very similar in style, polish and presentation. Stay tuned for my complete run down which will be released sometime in the next few weeks.