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2017 Felsina Chianti Riserva Rancia

2017 Felsina Chianti Riserva Rancia

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95 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
2017 Felsina Chianti Riserva Rancia
95 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous

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One of the most "cellar worthy wines in the world" according to Antonio Galloni, the beautiful Rancia is developing its reputation in leaps and bounds. From a higher-altitude, 6 ha single vineyard in Southern Chianti Classico the style is deep, focused and finely structured with dark fruits and savoury undertow. Utterly impressive yet so versatile as both a dinner match and a drink-soon or cellar wine, Felsina's Rancia is a future classic.

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$95.00 in mixed 6+ or $105.00 per bottle

Overview

Grape

Sangiovese

Its Origins

"Considering its modest price, Rancia remains one the most fairly priced, cellar worthy wines in the world." (Antonio Galloni, Felsina Restrospective). The estate vineyards straddle the Chianti Classico and Chianti Colli Senesi region, and are quite close to the town of Siena. There are 61 hectares of vines in all, but the property is much bigger, totalling 475 hectares, and including olive trees, wheat fields and forests. The name Felsina dates back to the Etruscan people, and back to 2000 BC. Many words in Italy beginning with ‘Fel’ or ‘Bol’ have Etruscan roots. The modern era of Fèlsina began in 1966 when current owner Giuseppe Mazzocolin’s father-in-law acquired the property. They began with 9 hectares of vines, but grew this by massale selection to its current size, and acquired a second property: Castello di Farnetella, in the Colli Senesi.

What The Critics Say

95/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni

"The 2017 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is incredibly polished and sophisticated. Silky tannins give the 2017 its racy, sleek personality. Over the last year, the 2017 has really settled into a gorgeous place. There is plenty of vintage 2017 intensity, but Rancia is distinctly medium in body and restrained. The wilder side of Sangiovese, one of the signatures of Rancia and Fèlsina more broadly, tastes a bit baked out. I can't wait to see how the 2017 develops over the coming years and decades." Drink 2025 - 2042

94/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Monica Larner

"Rancia is always one of my favorite wines from this storied appellation (and the Castelnuovo Berardenga subzone). This vintage threw quite a few challenges at the winemaking team, but the Fèlsina 2017 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia emerges intact, intense and beautiful. It is virtually unscathed by the heat and drought that marked this growing season. In fact, that brilliant radiance, linearity and energy of the Sangiovese grape comes through loud and clear. The bouquet is redolent of red fruit, wild berry, toasted almond, violet and potting soil. My score is a little lower (compared to past vintages) in terms of mouthfeel because I found this edition to be a bit shorter and less impactful on the finish, but not by much. It ages in barrique for up to 20 months. This vintage of Rancia saw 46,000 bottles released." Drink 2021 - 2038

93/100 Decanter, Michaela Morris

"In 2017, Giovanni Poggiali describes the work in the vineyard as focused on the vines' root system to reduce water stress. Harvest started 15 days earlier than average and at the beginning of September he did a qualitative thinning to get rid of any shrivelled bunches or those showing problems with ripening. Fèlsina's flagship wine, Rancia is still brooding. Plum and tar show up on a backdrop of vanilla and exotic spice. Though fruit is supple, layers of assertive tannins need time to loosen their grip. Appetizingly savoury, this finishes with an intense, irony character." Drink 2022 - 2032

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Sangiovese

  • Colour

    Red

  • Region

    Tuscany

  • Closure

    Cork

  • Volume

    750ml

  • Alcohol

    13.50%

  • Maturity

    2020 - 2032

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with LAMB
with PORK

Taste

4

Delivery & Returns

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.

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