2012 Felsina "Rancia" Chianti Classico Riserva SKU #1287492


VN 94 WE 94 RP 93
JS 91
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  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    A classic. This is Sangiovese that most Brunello should aspire towards. Dark, powerful, polished and long.
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    Felsina's "Rancia" ranks among my favorite wines. It's a truly special Chianti Riserva that in most vintages can age for decades yet remains a relative bargain. It's uniqueness is in no small part due to the fact that the more recent vines planted are Massal selections (graftings from older vines within the Rancia vineyard as opposed to nursery selections). This adds a depth and complexity to an already great Sangiovese. The 2012 drinks beautifully today with rich fruit, wonderful palate density and finish. This is its 29th vintage and it's as outstanding as ever.
  • Lilia McIntosh
    By: Lilia McIntosh
    K&L Staff Member
    I am stunned by this vintage of Rancia! There are so much finesse and sublime fruit and texture in this wine that it's almost unreal. It's absolutely complete and harmonious wine; deep bright rich wild plum and savory spicy palate has firm structure and long finish full of juicy acidity. That finish just never stops! It's not often I see such perfect combination of ripe fruit and freshness. When those two things come together the result can be astonishing; and so is this Felsina Rancia.
  • Rachel Alcarraz
    By: Rachel Alcarraz
    K&L Staff Member
    While the hot and dry 2012 vintage kept some Chianti winemakers on the edge of their seat, a bit of rain at the end of August brought relief and extended the growing season for the thick-skinned grape. That extra ripening is apparent as the aromatics of the wine jump out of the glass, The wine is structured yet pure with deep and inviting classic Sangiovese plum notes and fresh baking spice. Enjoyably paired with food now and filled with aging potential.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    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 couple of years.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    My first memory of visiting Felsina will always be the Rancia vineyard: Giuseppe Mazzocolin spent an extra five minutes in his office searching for something. He returned in a driving rainstorm and popped a tape into the player in his Range Rover, hit a button and Etta James began singing “Stormy Weather.” We slid around in the mud for an eternity until we finally arrived at Rancia. The ancient convent that Rancia is named for is one of the most ideal places for Sangiovese in all of Chianti Classico: the soil is perfect, the exposition is perfect and the wine is almost always…well it’s Rancia. For those of us Californians who rarely experience real rain, experiencing Italian rain for the first time, well it rates up there with the Biblical versions. Yet I digress,… Rancia isn’t just Chianti, it epitomizes Chianti from this southeastern corner of Chianti Classico and in the 2012 version it’s fabulous. The nose is Sangiovese, not dark fruit or red fruit, it’s Sangiovese fruit. That’s not just a simple fruit...it’s haunting, summoning, swirling waves of violet, lilac, spiced plums, each aroma and flavor a kaleidoscope unto itself. On the palate it is a complex mélange of flavors supported by a powerful backbone and sustaining tannic structure that show a wine in complete harmony and balance that is really drinkable now but will allow the wine to age for a couple decades plus. This is really lovely.
    Drink from 2017 to 2035


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