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Felsina Rancia Vigneto Chianti Classico Riserva 2019  - First Bottle


95 James Suckling -
Darker fruit on the nose with walnut, spice box, incense and espresso bean, too. Medium-bodied, firm and structured with polished tannins and a creamy, compact mid-palate. Quality dark oak spice throughout. Long and rich. Better from 2024.
94+ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
An icon wine of Tuscany, the Fèlsina 2019 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia (with 48,000 bottles made) is distinguished by its special aromatic fingerprint that truly brings us to a sense of place. At its heart, the wine reveals dark fruit and plum. More interesting, however, are the dusty mineral sensations that give so much texture and depth to the Rancia. These aromas can only be found in Sangiovese from the galestro and alberese-rich soils of Chianti Classico. This vintage follows up with sweet tobacco, toasted chestnut and scorched earth. Give this wine more time to flesh out and evolve in the bottle.
94 Jeb Dunnuck -
Amplified even further is the 2019 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia, which offers up a musky cologne of cedar, cherry licorice, cracked pepper, and menthol. It is medium to full bodied, with a rich tannin structure, a broad mid-palate, and a long, fragrant finish.
94 Falstaff -
Intense ruby ??red colour. The bouquet is young, balanced, with well-marked fresh floral notes, followed by fruity notes of berries and cherries. Fresh, lively and still fruity on the palate, with a slight mineral touch, persistent and spicy.
93 Raffaele Vecchione -
Slightly herbaceous in the primary profile offering notes of pressed red flowers, ginseng and root ginger. Medium bodied, light tannins and a finale of medium distension. Better from 2026.
92 Decanter World Wine Awards -
Youthful but very poised and complex with pretty woodland aromas mixing with fresh red fruits and spicy hints.
91+ Vinous -
The 2019 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is a bit slender than some recent years but makes up for that with its strong aromatic presence. In 2019 Rancia leans into the more vegetal side of the spectrum. That quality can work for Sangiovese especially with age but in a young wine it is also somewhat distracting. - By Antonio Galloni on June 2022 This is an interesting set of wines from Fèlsina. The two 2020s make me really excited to taste the rest of the range. "Most of the year was marked by consistently warm weather but with no shock events" Giuseppe Mazzocolin explained. "We were fortunate to have good ventilation throughout the most critical periods." The 2019s are more mixed. Less even ripening and higher yields are evident in wines that are lighter than usual and also at times a bit rustic. That is most evident in Rancia. I can't remember a young Rancia that was underwhelming and I have tasted them all. The 2019 is certainly a mystery at this stage.
90 Wine Spectator -
This firm dry red is marked by dried cherry iron and sanguine flavors. Balanced and lively in a more traditional style. The finish echoes the iron and picks up savory notes. Drink now through 2028. 5900 cases made 3000 cases imported.

Technical Details

  • BlendSangiovese
  • WinemakerGiovanni Poggiali
  • CountryItaly
  • RegionTuscany
  • AppellationChianti Classico
  • Aging/Cooperage18-20 months in new French oak barrels and 6-8 months in bottle
  • Alcohol13.5%

Felsina Rancia Vigneto Chianti Classico Riserva 2019

Sangiovese Blends  |  Italy
JS95, WA94+, JD94, FS94, RV93, DWWA92, VN91+, WS90

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95 points plus triple 94s...this is an iconic Chianti producer with an estate that dates back to the Roman Empire. Mysterious, wild, and modern – this powerful expression of Chianti Classico boasts over a decade plus of development to come. Drink this as you would a Brunello di Montalcino and savor the sense of place that defines this exceptional Chianti.

From an estate that was once a post station of the Roman Empire – situated on an important road and designed as a place to meet, take rest, and reinvigorate oneself for the journey ahead – Fèlsina has endured as a farm of great importance for centuries. The ancient wine cellar had been used for bottling as far back as the early 1900s, though it wasn’t until the late 1960s that this estate took on its current shape.

This wine is fashioned from 100% sangiovese, taking its name of Rancia from the historic farmhouse that was once a Benedictine monastery. With vines set at an elevation of over 400 meters, oriented to the southwest, the clonal material on these twenty-year-old vines is all based on massal selections made over the decades from selections of the best vines within the vineyard. This is believed to be a primary cause for the unique expression of sangiovese here – a wild and savory version that carries the unmistakable impression of Chianti Classico’s famous soils.

Following harvesting and de-stemming, all the grape must is fermented in stainless steel for 16-20 days. Daily pumpovers and punchdowns extract the deep ruby color, and the wine is then transported to new French oak barrels for aging over the next 18-20 months. The result is uniquely captivating – spicy and floral accents on the nose envelop a core of wild, woodland berries, with a savory element that harkens to smoked and cured meats, and wood-roasted fennel and herbs. Toasted walnuts, roast coffee, and dried cherries also pop up...seemingly endless layers of depth and flavors to be peeled back carefully over time. This is a wine to drink slowly and contemplate over the course of an evening – just a remarkable, singular experience that every Italian wine drinker should seek out!

PAIRING IDEAS: Now, in its youth, I would say nothing. This is complex, but exuberant, and dichotomous in the here and now, and unlikely to vibe with any chosen dish for very long. In a few years, this is ideal for a proper carbonara – simple, classic favors that are yet bold enough to stand alongside this enigma of a wine.

About the Producer

It was 1966 when Domenico Poggiali Felsina took the courageous leap and bought the estate at a time when Italian viticulture was struggling. In the second half of the 1970s Giuseppe Mazzocolin entered the family business paving the way for the beginnings of their international recognition. Their friendship with Luigi Veronelli and collaboration with oenologist Franco Bernabei shaped a developmental strategy that has proven itself extremely coherent, starting with the wines of 1983, the first year of Fontalloro and of Rancia. With Domenico and Giuseppe Poggiali at the helm, an extraordinary development began which, since 1990, also includes Giovanni Poggiali, the oldest of Giuseppe's three sons.