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Felsina Berardenga Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva 2018

Felsina Berardenga Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva 2018

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Felsina Berardenga Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva 2018 Overview

This 470-hectare estate is located northeast of Siena in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, on the southern border of the Chianti Classico zone. Fèlsina epitomises the powerful style of southern Chianti, where the wines are stylistically more akin to those from Montalcino than their fellow Chianti from Fontodi or Isole e Olena. Domenico Poggiali bought the estate in 1966. Giuseppe Mazzocolin, son-in-law of Domenico, entered the family business in the late 1970s and played a significant role in the growth of the winery. In 1990 Giovanni Poggiali, Domenico's grandson, joined the management and continues his grandfather's enterprise with the same passion. Giuseppe Mazzocolin is now less involved in the running of the estate, and consultant oenologist Franco Bernabei is very much at the helm of the winemaking team.

The Rancia vineyard lies entirely within the Chianti Classico zone, in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, north east of Siena. It is a 6 hectars vineyard which sits at 400 metres above sea level, facing south. The vines were planted between 1958-1982, with newer plantings using genetic material from the old Rancia vineyard. Vines are trained according to a simple Guyot system, with an average yield of 40-45 hectolitres per hectare. Soils are quartzitic blue-grey sandstone, with layers of sand and calcareous albarese mixed with alluvial pebbles. In the higher areas, the soil is a limestone marl galestro mix.

Vinification: After destemming and crushing, fermentation took place between 28-30°C, with automatic daily punching down of the cap, followed by 12-15 days of maceration. Towards the end of fermentation, the wine was racked into French oak barrels, where it matured for 12-18 months. It was aged for a further 6-10 months in bottle before release.

Weather 2018 winter was characterized by heavy rainfall that filled the 2017 water deficit and by a wave of intense frost (up to - 13C °) between 26 and 28 February. This phenomenon did not cause damage to the vines as they were all still in vegetative rest. During spring, temperatures were above the seasonal average, with abundant rainfall. Unlike 2017, many early defoliation have been done and a more intense mowing and control of the weeds, while the working of the land has been reduced. High temperatures in summer with storms that have maintained water reserves in the soil and thus balance for the vine. The month of September was beautiful, with sunny days until the 10th of October. This allowed a double or even triple selection of grapes on all the vineyards, increasing the already excellent quality.

Technical Information:
Grape: 100% Sangiovese
Region: Chianti Classico, Tuscany
Alcohol: 13.5 %
Acidity: 5.90 g/l
Residual sugar: 0.50 g/l
pH: 3.50
Closure: Natural Cork

Tasting Note: Deep ruby red in colour, this wine is rich and spicy on the nose, with wild berry and floral notes. The palate is framed by tight knit tannins with opulent ripe berry fruit on a long, spicy finish.
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Expert Reviews
Antonio Galloni
“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.”
Walter Speller
“Lustrous ruby with orange tinges. A full ripe red-fruit nose with minty notes and hints of malt indicating some development is taking place but this is in a sweet spot right now. Elegant, ripe, balanced and super-attractive with silky tannins. Long, elegant and delicious and with gorgeous balance. It might age but not a Riserva in the real sense as this is completely ready now.”
James Suckling
“This is really subtle and complex with cherry, herb, floral and sage aromas that follow through to a full body with firm, fine tannins that give form and energy to the wine. Racy and very fine.”
Monica Larner
“ The 2018 is an unusual vintage that shows an especially austere character. Off the bat, it must be said that the Fèlsina 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia would certainly benefit from more cellar time and a long drinking window. The Rancia is elegant and streamlined with a medium-bodied style that breaks from some of the more concentrated vintages we've seen in the past. The bouquet reveals a lot of dark or black character with blackcurrant, tar, resin, iron ore and a dusty hint of dry graham cracker (which reminds us of the vintage heat). Structurally, the wine offers a solid and firm footing, but it would benefit from further evolution.”
Othmar Kiem
“Bright ruby. Opens with fine savoury notes, some cardamom and thyme, then ripe cherry and raspberry. Full-bodied and gripping on the palate, shows dark berry fruit, opens with grippy, dense tannin.”
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