2013 Fattoria di Felsina Chianti Classico Berardenga Riserva Rancia

Year: 2013
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 96+
James Suckling: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$41.95

"This red is dense and smooth, with muscular tannins supporting the black cherry, plum, sweet spice and earth flavors. Stays fresh and long on the aftertaste of earth, spice and tobacco notes. Best from 2018 through 2030. 4,000 cases made.–BS " (WS)

"Here is another highlight of the vintage. The 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is a dark, moody and sophisticated wine. It does not reveal itself immediately or in any obvious way. Instead, it doses out its intensity in careful measurements. The whole performance is seductive to say the least. That slow momentum leads to dark cherry with spice, grilled herb, wet earth and dried rose. Felsina's Riserva Rancia is a very elegant wine, both on the nose and in the mouth.

Fèlsina earns some of my top scores, especially with regards to the high-end wines. I was less convinced by the base wines from the 2014 vintage and some from the 2013 vintage as well. It appears that the best fruit in 2013 - a vintage I have absolutely enjoyed across the appellation - was dedicated to the estate's flagship products." (WA)

"Fèlsina's 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia bristles with energy, with veins of underlying acidity that give the wine its focus and drive. Dark red cherry, plum, rose petal, herb and licorice are some of the signatures. Most of the Fèlsina Chianti Classicos are defined by their dark fruit and savory notes, but the Rancia is also wonderfully bright and lifted from start to finish while staying very much true to the house style. Today, the Rancia gives the impression it will unwind at a glacial pace. I imagine most bottles of the 2013 will be drunk before the wine truly enters its prime." (VM)

"A structured Chianti Classico riserva with polished tannins and juicy fruit. Hints of chocolate and meat under the ripe fruit. Full to medium body, polished texture. From organically grown grapes. Drink now or hold." (JS)