Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga

Riserva Rancia Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend

9.262 ratings
9.111 pro ratings
Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Sangiovese Blend
Top Notes For
Fabien Lainé

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9.1

Great delight as often with the Riserva Rancia from this estate - needs a bit time to open up, nice and acidity, good balance and intensity, evolving nicely with cherries, earthy notes, tobacco and leather touch - great wine

Great delight as often with the Riserva Rancia from this estate - needs a bit time to open up, nice and acidity, good balance and intensity, evolving nicely with cherries, earthy notes, tobacco and leather touch - great wine

2 people found it helpfulOct 26th, 2015
Andy Demaree

This has evolved very nicely and, with 1-2 hrs of air, is showing very well at age 12. There’s terrific balance between the lip-smacking red fruit, smooth tannins, and supporting acidity. Clean, with a succulent, herb-tinged finish.

To my palate, this is better than the ‘97, ‘99, and ‘04 were at the same age.

This has evolved very nicely and, with 1-2 hrs of air, is showing very well at age 12. There’s terrific balance between the lip-smacking red fruit, smooth tannins, and supporting acidity. Clean, with a succulent, herb-tinged finish.

To my palate, this is better than the ‘97, ‘99, and ‘04 were at the same age.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 25th, 2018
Jean-Francois Pelletier

Dark Ruby. Very dense for a Chianti. Dark and red fruit, backed by tobacco and wild mushroom character. Soft medium+ body, with hints of wood. Long finish. This softened up considerably over the years.

Dark Ruby. Very dense for a Chianti. Dark and red fruit, backed by tobacco and wild mushroom character. Soft medium+ body, with hints of wood. Long finish. This softened up considerably over the years.

1 person found it helpfulNov 6th, 2017
Phil Stice

Tannic structure surprising how it was Nebbiolo like. Loaded w oak. Would never peg it as Chianti though

Tannic structure surprising how it was Nebbiolo like. Loaded w oak. Would never peg it as Chianti though

1 person found it helpfulMar 18th, 2016
Justin Gilman CSW, CSS

Love this bottle! Opened a 2006 which was around 94-96pts RP I believe.

By the book! Great fruit. Floral rose petal elegance. Soft potpourri. Nice red apples and Ranier cherry. Declining in the glass rapidly. The color lacks oxidation. It's barely showing a tinge.

Wondering if I opened just right or if it could have used more time. Delicious. Opened 2/21/16

Love this bottle! Opened a 2006 which was around 94-96pts RP I believe.

By the book! Great fruit. Floral rose petal elegance. Soft potpourri. Nice red apples and Ranier cherry. Declining in the glass rapidly. The color lacks oxidation. It's barely showing a tinge.

Wondering if I opened just right or if it could have used more time. Delicious. Opened 2/21/16

1 person found it helpfulFeb 22nd, 2016
Jay Kline

Huge. Could still use more cellar time. Big upside in another few years

Huge. Could still use more cellar time. Big upside in another few years

1 person found it helpfulApr 11th, 2015
Alessandro Rossi

Cambio di marcia ..😄

Cambio di marcia ..😄

Jan 1st, 2014
Alessandro Rossi

Grande bottiglia !😉

Grande bottiglia !😉

Jan 1st, 2014
Davis Smith

Sommelier Acquerello

8.7

I. Can't. Stop. Selling. Magnums.

I. Can't. Stop. Selling. Magnums.

Sep 12th, 2013
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One of the many lessons I learned from my parents was an appreciation for the role of wine at the dinner table. Almost every night they brought something home for us to taste. Antinori, Fèlsina, Isole e Olena, Castello di Monsanto, Bruno Giacosa and Gaja were some of the producers whose wines I first tasted at our kitchen counter, usually paired with my dad’s superb cooking.

I wanted to show a collectable, ageworthy wine that does not cost a fortune and that consumers can still buy by the case. Over the years I have had the opportunity to taste every vintage of Fèlsina’s flagship Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia. Those tastings, along with numerous other retrospectives of top Chianti Classicos, all available on Vinous, led me to understand that Chianti Classico is the top terroir in Tuscany (as opposed to Montalcino or Maremma) for exceptional, ageworthy wines of finesse.

As I taste through all the bottles before guests arrive, I am simply blown away by the 2006 Rancia. Yes, I expect it to be good, even great, especially in 2006, a superb Tuscan vintage. But I am not truly prepared to see the 2006 Rancia keep up with the 2010 Ridge and Kapcsándy or the 1982 Latour and 1993 Rousseau Bèze. And yet it does. Quite simply, the 2006 Rancia is a supremely beautiful and moving wine of the very highest level. I can’t possibly pay Giuseppe Mazzocolin a greater compliment. The only problem with the 2006 is that it needs another five years in bottle, at least, to be at its very best. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2018)

One of the many lessons I learned from my parents was an appreciation for the role of wine at the dinner table. Almost every night they brought something home for us to taste. Antinori, Fèlsina, Isole e Olena, Castello di Monsanto, Bruno Giacosa and Gaja were some of the producers whose wines I first tasted at our kitchen counter, usually paired with my dad’s superb cooking.

I wanted to show a collectable, ageworthy wine that does not cost a fortune and that consumers can still buy by the case. Over the years I have had the opportunity to taste every vintage of Fèlsina’s flagship Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia. Those tastings, along with numerous other retrospectives of top Chianti Classicos, all available on Vinous, led me to understand that Chianti Classico is the top terroir in Tuscany (as opposed to Montalcino or Maremma) for exceptional, ageworthy wines of finesse.

As I taste through all the bottles before guests arrive, I am simply blown away by the 2006 Rancia. Yes, I expect it to be good, even great, especially in 2006, a superb Tuscan vintage. But I am not truly prepared to see the 2006 Rancia keep up with the 2010 Ridge and Kapcsándy or the 1982 Latour and 1993 Rousseau Bèze. And yet it does. Quite simply, the 2006 Rancia is a supremely beautiful and moving wine of the very highest level. I can’t possibly pay Giuseppe Mazzocolin a greater compliment. The only problem with the 2006 is that it needs another five years in bottle, at least, to be at its very best. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2018)

Jun 5th, 2018