Felsina produces wines with some of the most finesse in Tuscany, with Rancia often referred to as one of the grand cru sites of Chianti. Their refinement and passion for great wine is achieved through elevating the Sangiovese grape to the world-class level every vintage. Felsina was founded in 1966 when the estate was bought by Domenico Poggiali Felsina, who had the dream of accelerating the struggling viticulture of Tuscany at the time. The immediate success from the first vintage in 1983 opened the door to integrity that Tuscany was missing. Here we have a candidate for the best bottle Felsina has ever produced from their Rancia Vineyard, rivaling the mythic vintages of 2016, 2015, and 2013. 2018 is a fantastic vintage with an impressive presence, and for how powerful the year can be, the Rancia always finds balance with freshness, elegance, and structure. Comparatively, 2018 lands somewhere between the opulence of 2015 and the structure of 2016 with the elegance of 2013. Felsina Rancia rewrites the rules for price-quality as one of the top buys of the vintage from Tuscany while also proving that this wine is a consistent masterpiece every vintage. We have excellent pricing here on this current release, and if you only get one Tuscan wine this vintage, this should be it.
Antonio Galloni 97 points! "The 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is an absolutely stunning wine. The archetype of Rancia in the past has been of a big, potent Chianti Classico but in 2018, Rancia is a wine of mind-blowing elegance and finesse. Silky, perfumed and indescribably finessed, the 2018 dazzles from start to finish. It's a magical wine in every way."