2011 Felsina "Rancia" Chianti Classico Riserva

SKU #1222248 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From the 6.25-hectare Rancia vineyard, the 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia shows a more elaborate and stylized personality with ripe fruit tones, bursting cherry, perfumed violets and rose petal. Those floral notes add a feminine touch to what is in fact a wine of power and determination. It shows a beautiful evolution in the glass as well, with dusty mineral notes that add to the overall elegance of the dry, polished finish. This is one of the best Riservas of 2011. (ML)  (10/2014)

94 points Vinous

 A wine of incredible density, the 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is virtually impenetrable, but dazzling just the same. Rose petal, mint, sage, rosemary, leather and smoke hit the palate in a voluptuous, racy Rancia. The 2011 should drink well earlier than many other recent vintages, but it should also age nicely. The fine, silky tannins are a bit uncharacteristic for a young Rancia. Over the last few years, the 2011 has really started to come together. It will be interesting to see where things go from here. 94+ Points (AG)  (9/2014)

93 points James Suckling

 A red with beautiful depth of fruit. Lots of chocolate, blackberry and nutty character. Full and juicy. So delicious now. Will age beautifully. One of the classic Chianti Classico riservas. This is a beauty. Drink or hold.  (10/2014)

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2016 | Send Email
Classic notes of cherries, raisins, flowers, vanilla and oak spices. It has an almost creamy/soft sensation on the palate. It swept me off my feet!

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2016 | Send Email
Rancia is one of the truly great Chianti Classico Riservas and we are fortunate to have their wonderful 2011 in good supply at the moment. Normally this would require a bit more time in the cellar but the warm weather of 2011 resulted in a more open and accessible wine. This drinks nicely now but will certainly age for a few more years. A real gem.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
Oh the Rancia! This famous vineyard (now a selection of the best) is Felsina's answer to modern wine making. And boy their answer is well put together. Rich and bold without feeling overly ton or out of place. Powerful and textured enough that anyone lover of Napa or Bordeaux will feel right at home, but yet some how uniquely Felsina. This has always been a favorite of mine in the style and NOTHING has changed. Should be in almost an serious collectors cellar at this price.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
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.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/9/2015 | Send Email
From the first time I tasted the wine from this vineyard I was hooked. It is such a pure expression of Sangiovese, especially from the southeastern corner of Chianti Classico where Felsina is located. The wines from here always have more structure than most Chianti Classico but in the Rancia the power is so subtly blended in to the wine's richness that it doesn't seem so overly powerful, but it is. To drink now decant a few hours ahead of time and it will age very well in your cellar.
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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


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- Chianti is the most famous wine name in Italy is not the name of a grape but actually a region. Chianti lies in the 35 miles of hills between Florence and Siena, a complex geological region as well as geographically. The extraordinary geography makes grape growing a very challenging feat with multiple exposures and soil types on the same estate. The region comprises 9 different communes not dissimilar to Bordeaux wherein each commune has a particular characteristic that shows in the wine. The wine is made predominantly Sangiovese, the grape must comprise at least 80% of the blend. Chianti Classico is the "classic" region, though many other nearby regions now use the name "Chianti" to make similar wines. The "Gallo Nero" or Black Rooster on many of the Chianti Classico bottles is a private consortium of producers who try and control the direction of production and quality amongst their members.