2015 Felsina "Rancia" Chianti Classico Riserva (Elsewhere $54) SKU #1344777

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  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    7/24/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    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 2045
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    7/24/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    I am crazy about this great 2015 Chianti! If you are looking for a special occasion sangiovese, I would strongly recommend that you widen your scope from Brunello to take a look at this Rancia. This is dry, concentrated, complex Tuscan wine with fabulous cherry power and earthy savor. It is kissed with some French oak that is very well integrated into the wine. I love that you can get all the power and flavor of Brunello here with a lot less alcohol... This is perfect for big juicy pork chops on the grill!
    Drink from 2018 to 2030
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    7/24/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This is an incredibly lively, energetic Rancia, certainly the freshest and most high toned I have tasted of the past few releases we have featured. Bright red fruited aromas also show well balanced spice notes, leading to a fresh palate that -while it is tempting now for your bisteca fiorentina or tagliatelle, sauasage and pecorino -will reward mid to long-term cellaring. A must have.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    7/24/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Decidedly one for the ages. The superlative 2015 vintage delivers yet again. This wine is both massive and balanced. It's laden with ripe cherries and plums and still has verve and focus due to the great acid and tannin. The drive and length is spectacular. This is the best Rancia I've tasted over the last 5 years without a doubt.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    7/24/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Classic Chianti combining dusty red fruits, spice, leather, thyme and earth. A wine with real focus and intensity; lovely structure and acidity. Begging for rich food, braised meats, strong cheeses etc. A baby, put this one away for 5-10 years to see its real potential.
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    7/23/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    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. Simply outstanding.
  • Ryan Moses
    By: Ryan Moses
    7/23/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    7/18/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    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 over the next five to ten years.

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