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2016 Felsina Rancia Chianti Classico RiservaSangiovese from Italy

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  • 97 Decanter
  • 96+ Antonio Galloni - Vinous
  • 96 Monica Larner - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • 95 Wine Spectator
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About

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The south-facing Rancia vineyard reaches altitudes of 420 metres, overlooking the lower-lying vineyards of Colli Senesi. It boasts complex soils of calcareous clay layered with the chalky white limestone-like alberese and schistose galestro. This 2016 vintage is simply stunning. It's stately yet gracious, with personality for days, leading with a sumptuous nose of smoke, exotic spice and iron-rich earth. Ripe fruit coats the mouth yet it remains buoyant and tangy as chalky tannins charge in to frame the palate. A seductive wine with an appetising, savoury edge and a long, long life ahead.

96+ Antonio Galloni - Vinous

"The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is powerful, rich and explosive, with tremendous drive. Even so, several bottles have been quite closed. That is probably a very good sign for the long-term, but readers should not plan on touching a bottle anytime soon. A wine of vertical drive and aromatic nuance, the 2016 Rancia is super-complexed. Only with a few hours of air does it show the nuances and layers that were so evident from barrel. The 2016 is a painfully stubborn wine in the early going, but it will offer superb drinking pleasure for those who can wait."

96 Monica Larner - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia knocks it out of the park. Like the other new releases from Fèlsina, this pure expression of Sangiovese needs more time to evolve and improve with bottle age. But even at this young stage, you are made fully aware of the beautiful intensity and complexity of the quality fruit at its core. There is so much energy and tension here, further reinforced by the fresh acidity of the vintage. There are vibrant tones of wild cherry, raspberry and spice, followed up by white truffle and tilled earth."

95 Wine Spectator

"This features ripe, juicy black cherry and black currant fruit, with licorice, earth and tobacco flavors. Firm tannins frame the elements, imparting structure and complexity for the long haul. Terrific texture. Best from 2022 through 2042.—B.S."

Product Detail

Item # 112100
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-Region Chianti Classico
Ratings

97 - Decanter

96+ - Antonio Galloni - Vinous

96 - Monica Larner - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

95 - Wine Spectator

Vintage 2016
Color Red
ABV 13.5%
Varietal(s) Sangiovese
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste red fruit, strawberry and raspberry
Nose asparagus, green pepper and red fruit