Perhaps the greatest bottle of wine you can buy right now for under $50 a bottle?
Does that sound like a bold statement? It might, but consider this. This not only has an incredible review and score from Antonio Galloni, it’s also from one of the top producers in all of Italy and is from the outstanding 2018 vintage in italy! On top of that, this is a wine you can buy and drink now OR hold for another 15-20+ years!
The 2018 Felsina Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva is so perfectly balanced, so quintessentially Tuscan that we can hardly contain our excitement!
2018 is shaping up to be a stunning vintage in Tuscany, and nothing showcases the strength and finesse of the vintage more than this flagship release from Felsina. For their Rancia bottling, Felsina sources their Sangiovese from the highest portion of the famed vineyard. They hand-harvest all the fruit – a monumental undertaking which sets the framework for the attention to detail and care the estate strives for all its bottlings. Most of the vines are 40+ years old, and the site is positioned in a way to soak the sun all day and reach peak ripeness.
Vinous 97 Points
The 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is an absolutely stunning wine. The archetype of Rancia in the past has been of a big, potent Chianti Classico but in 2018, Rancia is a wine of mind-blowing elegance and finesse. Silky, perfumed and indescribably finessed, the 2018 dazzles from start to finish. It’s a magical wine in every way.
Wine Advocate 95 Points
The 2018 is an unusual vintage that shows an especially austere character. Off the bat, it must be said that the Fèlsina 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia would certainly benefit from more cellar time and a long drinking window. The Rancia is elegant and streamlined with a medium-bodied style that breaks from some of the more concentrated vintages we’ve seen in the past. The bouquet reveals a lot of dark or black character with blackcurrant, tar, resin, iron ore and a dusty hint of dry graham cracker (which reminds us of the vintage heat). Structurally, the wine offers a solid and firm footing, but it would benefit from further evolution.
James Suckling 95 Points
This is really subtle and complex with cherry, herb, floral and sage aromas that follow through to a full body with firm, fine tannins that give form and energy to the wine. Racy and very fine. Drink or hold.
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