2013 Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia MagnumSangiovese from Italy
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"The Rancia vineyard takes its name from the historic Rancia farmhouse, once a Benedictine monastery. Located in Castelnuovo Berardenga at elevations ranging between 400 and 42...
- 96+ Antonio Galloni - Vinous
- 95 Monica Larner - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
96+ Antonio Galloni - Vinous
"Fèlsina's 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia bristles with energy, with veins of underlying acidity that give the wine its focus and drive. Dark red cherry, plum, rose petal, herb and licorice are some of the signatures. Most of the Fèlsina Chianti Classicos are defined by their dark fruit and savory notes, but the Rancia is also wonderfully bright and lifted from start to finish while staying very much true to the house style. Today, the Rancia gives the impression it will unwind at a glacial pace. I imagine most bottles of the 2013 will be drunk before the wine truly enters its prime.
This is a phenomenal set of wines that confirms Fèlsina's standing as one of the great estates in the world. It's as simple as that. The 2014 Chianti Classico is a huge overachiever as it has quite a bit of fruit that normally goes into the top selections - Fontalloro, Rancia and Colonia. Now in bottle, the 2013s capture all the potential I sensed when I tasted the wines last year."
95 Monica Larner - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Here is another highlight of the vintage. The 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is a dark, moody and sophisticated wine. It does not reveal itself immediately or in any obvious way. Instead, it doses out its intensity in careful measurements. The whole performance is seductive to say the least. That slow momentum leads to dark cherry with spice, grilled herb, wet earth and dried rose. Felsina's Riserva Rancia is a very elegant wine, both on the nose and in the mouth.
Fèlsina earns some of my top scores, especially with regards to the high-end wines. I was less convinced by the base wines from the 2014 vintage and some from the 2013 vintage as well. It appears that the best fruit in 2013 - a vintage I have absolutely enjoyed across the appellation - was dedicated to the estate's flagship products."
"The Rancia vineyard takes its name from the historic Rancia farmhouse, once a Benedictine monastery. Located in Castelnuovo Berardenga at elevations ranging between 400 and 420 metres it has a fine southwest-facing exposure. The more recent plantings utilize genetic material from massal selections gathered from the old Rancia vineyard. The soil is composed of limestone-derived alberese classic to the Castelnuovo Berardenga area and of galestro marl in some areas. First vintage was 1983." -Winery
96+ - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
95 - Monica Larner - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Taste||red fruit, strawberry and raspberry|
|Nose||asparagus, green pepper and red fruit|