Felsina Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2013
Felsina Rancia is one of the greatest Italian wines ever created and the 2010 is even more special. Selected Sangiovese grapes from a single vineyard in the south of the Chianti Classico, this is serious wine for a special occasion. 2010 is one of the greatest Tuscan vintages in recent memory, so give this a decant before enjoying with some braised meats or your best pasta creation.
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VARIETY: 100% Sangiovese from the Rancia Vineyard, located in Castelnuovo Berardenga at elevations ranging between 400 and 420 metres it has a fine southwest-facing exposure. The soil is composed of limestone-derived alberese classic to the Castelnuovo Berardenga area and of galestro marl in some areas. First vintage was 1983.
VINIFICATION: After the quality-selected clusters are de-stemmed and pressed, the must is fermented and macerated in stainless steel for 16-20 days at 28°C and 30°C, with programmed punchdowns and daily pumpovers. In March-April, the new wine goes into new French oak barrels; after 18-20 months of maturation, the final blend is assembled, bottled, and ages in glass a minimum of 6-8 months.
TASTING NOTES: Ruby red appearance with rich, intense tones. Spicy nose with floral notes and hints of wild berry (red and black), accompanied by mineral impressions and light toasted notes. Spice re-appears on the palate, which displays firm but supple tannins, and the finale is vigorous and taut. Overall, the wine is compelling for its flavour-rich mid-palate and supporting acidity.