94+ Points - Vinous / Antonio Galloni
94 Points - Wine Advocate
93 Points - James Suckling
92 Points - Wine Spectator
Located in Castelnuovo Berardenga at elevations ranging between 400 and 420 meters with a fine southwest-facing exposure, The Rancia vineyard takes its name from the historic Rancia farmhouse, once a Benedictine monastery. The more recent plantings utilize genetic material from massal selections gathered from the old Rancia vineyard. 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.
Created from 100% Sangiovese, Felsina "Rancia" Chianti Classico Riserva is ruby red in color with rich, intense tones with enticing aromas of blue flower, red and black berries, and caramel, accompanied by mineral impressions and light toasted notes. The well rounded full-bodied palate is complex and balanced with supple tannins and moderate acidity, offering notes of spice, berry and fig. Hints of earth lingers through the long finish.
"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." - Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"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." - Wine Advocate
"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." - James Suckling
"Dusty tannins keep a tight grip on the cherry, tobacco and earth notes in this rich red. Offers flashes of ripe fruit early before turning lean and firm. Be patient or match with food for now. Shows a more rustic side of Rancia. Best from 2018 through 2030. 4,000 cases made." - Wine Spectator
Product of Italy
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%