2013 Felsina "Rancia" Chianti Classico Riserva (Elsewhere $50) SKU #1286761


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  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    Celebrating the Chinese Year of the Dog, but what, may you ask, does that have to do with wine? Well, as an analogy, some wines in their youthful, lapping friendliness are like frisky puppies, ready to leap out of the bottle with joyous fruit and unbounded energy, while other wines demand that you go on a meandering walk in the woods, stopping to smell the individual flowers, ripe berries, moss-laden stones, scents of the forest. Felsina, in its remarkable evolution in the glass, expresses the latter, unraveling complex aromas and flavors of black cherry, plum, leather, underbrush and tar, lingering long upon the palate. And yes, this wine has beautiful bones, buried beneath the surface for those patient enough to cellar for years. To beg for more canine metaphors, this is a most fetching wine! Gung hay fat choy!
  • Joe Bruno
    By: Joe Bruno
    K&L Staff Member
    A very easy choice as one of my favorite Italian reds in store. Alluring aromas of dried cherry, wild berry, plum spice, and savory herbs. Quite an expansive nose. Spice re-appears on the palate, along with mineral notes. The minerality on this wine is almost dusty in expression. Dark fruit and dried rose arrive with tannins that linger on its long finish. Will drink better in 2020 onward. However, with a proper decanting, this Chianti Classico can be quite the selection for various dinners this Holiday season. All for under $50? Done
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2013 Felsina Rancia Chianti is even better than last year's wine, which is saying a lot. Bright, lifted notes of black cherry and stewed strawberry burst forth energetically, but are buoyed up by a rich, dark and savory core, with notes of cassis, plum, savory Italian herbs and anise. This is a wine to contemplate and appreciate, but also just as easy to drink (and share) with your holiday and family meals.
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    Felsina Rancia remains one of my top Chianti picks every vintage but the 2013 is truly special. It possesses all the best characteristics of what has been described as a challenging or tricky vintage for many. Happily the Rancia is deep, compelling and brimming with captivating fruit with acidity and tannins in perfect balance. This is one of the best of the 2013s and is certainly a Sangiovese not to be missed.
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    Unbelievable depth on the nose here. Tobacco, Tar, Anise. Great concentration, great intensity. Just a touch of juiciness. I thought the tannins would be more abrasive, but it really just perfect. It sits in pockets of your mouth and glow through the finish. What a dark, delicious wine.
  • Rachel Vogel
    By: Rachel Vogel
    K&L Staff Member
    A step up the their Chianti Classico Riserva is the Rancia Riserva. Name after a convent on the property, it seems as the winery and parcels grow, the quality of this wine also increases. The 2013 vintage is known for laser focused Chiantis that are lean and bright. I think this pairs well with the Rancia as it i often broad with pure fruit and savory flavors. It keeps the palate long and accentuated as you enjoy the balance and structure.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    When it comes to Chianti Classico, I am unabashedly a Felsina guy. I have always found these wines to be delicious and they have resonated with me for as long as I can remember. That said, the 2013 Rancia Riserva ramps up the deliciousness and ought to not only be enjoyed now, but cellared for a while as well. Aromas of macerated cherries, a suggestion of kirsch and walnut liqueur leads to a supple, rich, generous palate. Lots of fruit, sufficient acidity, tannins for structure...all the components are well balanced for both enjoying young and over the long haul. Highly recommended.
  • Ryan Moses
    By: Ryan Moses
    K&L Staff Member
    Felsina's Rancia Riserva is one of the wine world's true gems - it has the proven ability to age for decades, thrills the critics and collectors alike, and somehow retains a price that makes it accessible to the masses. Nowhere is all of this more true than the simply stunning 2013. The aromatics are intensely layered with one nuance after another coming to the forefront. On the palate it is very pure with a core of acidity that lifts the fruit and carries a long, bright finish. I've never had a vintage of Rancia that is so dynamic and offers so much at such an early stage and I just can't wait to see how it ages over the years. At under $40, I don't know if anybody in today's market can challenge this kind of class and pedigree.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    Wow….I don’t often open a wine review like this but this wine just floored me. The nose is a savory combination of salted plums, porcini dust, with a concentrated cassis like fruit focus. The wine on your palate immediately says seamless power, the textural richness of the 2013 vintage is readily apparent in a supple, smooth way yet the wine says power. Tannins are sweet, polished yet show no signs of wood intrusion they just seem to reflect the vibrancy of the sun’s rays. The flavors seem sweet for a moment with signs of wild cherry and plum then a cassis like boldness but the initial burst of fruit gives way to the wine’s savory core. Wave after wave of savory complexity begins to fill your mouth, the wine is powerful, big yet it is not dense in a heavy footed way it is just saturated flavor, fruit, earth, spice and just demands your attention. The finish is like the beginning, seamless power from front to back, side to side this wine fills your mouth with a supple, muscular, smooth richness, and this wine seems to have its own dimension. You can drink this wine now, I’d decant a couple of hours ahead of time, it is so well balanced you can really enjoy it but this is a wine that is going to last for decades 30-40 years without breathing hard. I am personally going to go deep on this wine, it is one of the best Chianti Classico I’ve ever had.
    Drink from 2017 to 2053


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