Felsina

2015 Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia

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Fattoria Felsina’s Rancia vineyard is the most prized of the fourteen different individual ‘farms’ the Mazzocolin family own.  Planted entirely to Sangiovese planted in the early nineteen eighties, this long sweeping hill with its abandoned farmhouse at the top sits at 400 meters, right on the border of the Castelnuovo Berardenga zone at the far southeastern edge of Chianti Classico and the Chianti Colli Senesi appellation.  The lower sweep of the hill is largely on Chianti’s Gallestro marly clay soils and the upper part is on the Castelnuovo area’s unique Albarese crushed granite sand and gravel.  The former endows the Felsina’s Cru Rancia with its formidable structure- as powerful and age-worthy as any wine produced in Chianti, while the latter endows the wine with its legendary dark color, gorgeous floral aromatics and svelte, silky texture.  

2015 has already been touted as one of the ripest, most exciting vintages the region has seen in many years and, at Felsina, the earlier releases of Chianti Classico ($26.97) and the Chianti Colli Senesi (sold out) have only validated that assertion.  The Rancia is one of the bluest of blue chips in Chianti and the 2015 is one of the best young Rancias we’ve ever tasted...and that includes legends like the 1990, 1996, 2001 and 2010. Dark, truffled and redolent of freshly shoveled black loam, the fruit reminds me of chocolate-covered blueberry with hints of plum, black cherry and blackberry bramble adding complexity to what is always a very plush, silky and long, long palate.  You can drink it now for its hedonistic richness or wait, well, wait 20 years or more like we did for the 1995 vintage currently gracing our wine list.  A very special Rancia. 

Also available, the 2015 Fontalloro, Felsina’s barrique-aged Super Tuscan styled Sangiovese.  It’s $64.99.                                                                                                                       

Antonio Galloni for Vinous Media, 94-97 Points:

The 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is one of the most finessed young Rancias I have ever tasted. Silky, aromatically precise and nuanced to the core, the 2015 is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. This is an impressive showing. 

Wine Spectator, 94 Points: 

The fine cherry, plum, leather and spice flavors pick up accents of chocolate, earth and mineral as this red gathers steam. Builds to a firmly structured finish, where sweet fruit and dusty tannins linger. 

Fattoria Felsina’s Rancia vineyard is the most prized of the fourteen different individual ‘farms’ the Mazzocolin family own.  Planted entirely to Sangiovese planted in the early nineteen eighties, this long sweeping hill with its abandoned farmhouse at the top sits at 400 meters, right on the border of the Castelnuovo Berardenga zone at the far southeastern edge of Chianti Classico and the Chianti Colli Senesi appellation.  The lower sweep of the hill is largely on Chianti’s Gallestro marly clay soils and the upper part is on the Castelnuovo area’s unique Albarese crushed granite sand and gravel.  The former endows the Felsina’s Cru Rancia with its formidable structure- as powerful and age-worthy as any wine produced in Chianti, while the latter endows the wine with its legendary dark color, gorgeous floral aromatics and svelte, silky texture. 

2015 has already been touted as one of the ripest, most exciting vintages the region has seen in many years and, at Felsina, the earlier releases of Chianti Classico ($26.97) and the Chianti Colli Senesi (sold out) have only validated that assertion.  The Rancia is one of the bluest of blue chips in Chianti and the 2015 is one of the best young Rancias we’ve ever tasted...and that includes legends like the 1990, 1996, 2001 and 2010. Dark, truffled and redolent of freshly shoveled black loam, the fruit reminds me of chocolate-covered blueberry with hints of plum, black cherry and blackberry bramble adding complexity to what is always a very plush, silky and long, long palate.  You can drink it now for its hedonistic richness or wait, well, wait 20 years or more like we did for the 1995 vintage currently gracing our wine list.  A very special Rancia. 
Also available, the 2015 Fontalloro, Felsina’s barrique-aged Super Tuscan styled Sangiovese.  It’s $64.99.    
                                                                                                                     
Antonio Galloni for Vinous Media, 94-97 Points:
The 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is one of the most finessed young Rancias I have ever tasted. Silky, aromatically precise and nuanced to the core, the 2015 is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. This is an impressive showing.

Wine Spectator, 94 Points: 
The fine cherry, plum, leather and spice flavors pick up accents of chocolate, earth and mineral as this red gathers steam. Builds to a firmly structured finish, where sweet fruit and dusty tannins linger. 

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