2015 Felsina "Rancia" Chianti Classico Riserva (1.5L)

SKU #1359879 97 points Vinous

 If Tuscany had a formal vineyard classification Rancia would be a Grand Cru. And that is exactly what comes through in the 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia. Silky, sensual and finessed to the core, the 2015 is absolutely stellar. The ripeness of the tannins allows the natural radiance of the year to come through loud and clear. The 2015 is a special. Rancia is quite simply one of the world's greatest and most iconic wines. (AG) 97+  (2/2019)

95 points James Suckling

 Plenty of dark plums, black cherries, blackberry pie, cedar, tobacco and a hint of orange rind. There’s a real vitality to the palate, which is so well carved out by firm, savory tannins and seriously bright acidity. A chewy finish.  (9/2018)

94 points Decanter

 Produced since 1983, Rancia hails from a 9ha vineyard sitting at 418 metres above sea level. It's a massal selection where the old vines provide material for newer plantings. Aged in French barriques (50% new), this leads with subtle vanilla aromas before wild forest berries and violets take over. This is very polished and silky in texture, although the tannins build stealthily and an underlying iron nuance adds intrigue. The finish lingers, promising much more to come. Highly satisfying. Drinking Window 2019 - 2031 (MM)  (2/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is a tremendous wine with an impactful yet very elegant bouquet. The central theme here is darkness and richness, and you get both of those things to the extent that Sangiovese can offer. The magic here is that Sangiovese sticks stubbornly to its inner grace and elegance, especially in a classic vintage such as this. Gravel alberese soils add to the wine's overall sharpness and detailed focus. There is a touch of sweet cherry confit ripeness on the close. (ML)  (10/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator

 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. (BS)  (8/2018)


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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/18/2019 | Send Email
Classic notes of cherries, raisins, flowers, vanilla and oak spices. It has an almost creamy/soft sensation on the palate. It swept me off my feet!

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/28/2019 | Send Email
Personally, I've long held that Felsina's Chianti Classico Riserva "Rancia" rarely, if ever, shows its stuffing on release. It normally needs a bit of cellaring to come together yet the 2015 is blessed with such ample richness that it's really sensational from the outset. It's smooth, silky and concentrated today but deceptive underlying structure is sure to emerge with age. Since far fewer large format bottles are produced, I highly recommend this exceptional wine to those looking to age top tier Italian wine.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/25/2018 | Send Email
I’ve come to the conclusion that 2015 was truly a sensational year at Felsina, each wine from this vintage I’ve had has been if not the best of its level at least as good as the previous best. The 2015 Rancia however is the best version that I’ve ever had, and I’ve had them all. This wine is still in its infancy, yet you can already tell this is something truly special. The nose is full of violets and lilacs with hints of savory herbs and mineral elements. On the palate the tannins are polished but only evident to give the wine a framework without intruding. The flavors are bold, layers of spiced plum; dried violets, porcini and Tuscan brush meld into an extraordinary flavor. Long, persistent and just a baby this wine is destined for greatness and a long, long life but it is exceptionally well balanced so you can drink it now. Bistecca Fiorentina comes to mind when I think of this wine.
Drink from 2018 to 2050

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/23/2018 | Send Email
Felsina Rancia from a great vintage is one of the best buys in the store at this kind of pricing and continues to be one of the absolute gems of the wine world. On the heels of the amazing, bestselling, and stunning 2013, the 2015 is carrying a some big press and a vintage that has many collectors excited. Thankfully, as always, 2015 Rancia delivers. A bit more compact than the 2013, it is a layered Chianti that shows a mix of deep red and black fruit, a bit of clove and sage, and a lengthy finish. An overtly ageworthy wine, I'd argue that it is also impossible to resist young with a few hours decant. Rancia remains one of the reference-point wines in Tuscany, and the 2015 speaks volumes as to why.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/18/2018 | Send Email
This boasts a deep ruby/purple color, lots of black cherries, raspberries, and currants with hints spice, Tuscan dust and minerals. There is a great texture on this full- bodied wine; it has a long, authoritative finish that combines power with elegance. I would drink this Magnum over the next five to ten years.

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Varietal:

Sangiovese

- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Chianti

- Chianti is the most famous wine name in Italy is not the name of a grape but actually a region. Chianti lies in the 35 miles of hills between Florence and Siena, a complex geological region as well as geographically. The extraordinary geography makes grape growing a very challenging feat with multiple exposures and soil types on the same estate. The region comprises 9 different communes not dissimilar to Bordeaux wherein each commune has a particular characteristic that shows in the wine. The wine is made predominantly Sangiovese, the grape must comprise at least 80% of the blend. Chianti Classico is the "classic" region, though many other nearby regions now use the name "Chianti" to make similar wines. The "Gallo Nero" or Black Rooster on many of the Chianti Classico bottles is a private consortium of producers who try and control the direction of production and quality amongst their members.