2012 Fattoria di Felsina Chianti Classico Berardenga Riserva Rancia

Year: 2012
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 94+
James Suckling: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :

"There's a lot of grip to this red, with earth, cherry and tobacco flavors. Leans toward the tannins in the balance but remains vibrant and long. Pair with a hearty ragù or salumi. Best from 2018 through 2028. 4,000 cases made. –BS" (WS)

"The single-vineyard 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is a luminous and radiant Sangiovese-based wine. The vineyard is characterized by well-draining gravel soils with alberese and tufo limestone. Rancia delivers a beautiful sense of roundness and softness with dark berry, blackberry, leather, spice and pressed rose petal. This is an articulate and sophisticated wine. You can count on this Chianti Classico for excellent quality in what was a patchy vintage in other parts of the appellation.

I enjoyed a magnificent visit to Fèlsina this year to taste a wide range of old and new wines. This historic estate makes Chianti Classico wines under two different brands: Castello di Farnetella and Fèlsina (purchased in 1966). I tasted these wines with proprietor Giovanni Poggiali and Sales Director Andrea Bonivento. They were kind enough to offer a few surprises too." (WA)

"A ripe, powerful wine, the 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia offers a level of finesse that balances some of the more overt intensity of the year. Dark cherry, plum, spice, tobacco, menthol and licorice add shades of nuance as this beautifully delineated Rancia opens up in the glass. Because of its mid-weight structure, I expect the 2012 will give up its charms relatively early by Rancia standards, which means around age 15-20. The 2012 is not an obvious or explosive Rancia, rather is a wine built on compelling overall harmony." (VM)

"An elegant and silky textured red with berry, hints of mineral and light chocolate aromas and flavors. Full body, integrated tannins and a fresh finish. Crisp. Drink now." (JS)

"Full-bodied and loaded with finesse, this opens with aromas of ripe dark-skinned fruit, exotic spice, toast and a whiff of new oak. The firm palate delivers ripe black cherry, crushed plum, clove and ground pepper alongside fine-grained tannins. Drink 2017–2024." (WE)