Fattoria di Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 2005
This 470 hectare estate is located northeast of Siena, in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, on the southern border of the Chianti Classico production area. Giuseppe Mazzocolin owns the estate with his family. The Rancia vineyard lies entirely within the Chianti Classico zone, in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, north east of Siena. It is situated at 400m above sea level, facing south. The vines were planted between 1958-1982, with newer plantings using genetic material from the old Rancia vineyard. It covers approximately 6 hectares with a total of 13,980 vines. Robert Parker rates the 2005 Rancia 92 points: "The 2005 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is a beautifully fresh, perfumed version of this wine. It reveals a lovely core of ripe red fruit intermingled with sweet toasted oak and a winsome, attractive personality. Although the 2005 shows outstanding balance, clarity and finesse for the vintage, it remains relatively small-scaled Rancia. Still, its notable freshness should allow it to age gracefully for a decade or so. I would purchase the 2005 to drink over the mid-term, while waiting for the superlative 2004 to come around. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020. There is not too much more I can say about the wines of Felsina and proprietor Giuseppe Mazzocolin, except that they are reference point wines for anyone who wants to discover the essence of contemporary Sangiovese from Chianti Classico. This is a compelling set of new releases from Mazzocolin and long-time consulting oenologist Franco Bernabei, one of the giants of modern Tuscan oenology. Even better, the wines remain very fairly priced. I was amused when another producer complained to me recently about Felsina’s prices. They were far too low, he insisted. I also tasted the wines of Felsina’s second property Castello di Farnatella. The wines are competently made, but lack the distinctiveness of the Felsina wines."
External Reviews for Fattoria di Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia
The 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva emerges with hints of smoke, underbrush, licorice, leather and wild cherries. The wine gains volume and depth in the glass as its sheer pedigree emerges over time. There is plenty of muscle to back up the delicate aromatics in a striking balance of elegance and power, all in an essentially classic, mid-weight style. The round, deeply satisfying finish makes it hard to put the glass down. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2027.
Felsina's 2005 Chianti Classico Riserva reveals gorgeous sweet fruit, flowers and delicately laced toasted oak with lovely inner sweetness and perfume. There is outstanding precision and weight to go along with the wine's fresh, vibrant personality. The 2005 Riserva is a commendable effort in this challenging vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2020.
The 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is a vibrant, focused wine that flows with the essence of dark fruit, minerals and flowers. The wine possesses gorgeous length and proportion, all of which is framed by powerful yet well-integrated tannins. Simply put, this is a superb Chianti that also happens to be one of the best relative values in fine, age worthy wine. The Rancia is made from vines planted on poor soils at 420 meters above sea level. In 2006, the Rancia spent 16 months in French oak, of which 60% was new. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2026.
Offers black cherry and blackberry on the nose, with a light coating of mace and mineral. Full-bodied, with a persistent bead of black fruit. A little austere, but polished. Drink now.
Frischfruchtige Aromen von roten Kirschen und mineralische Töne prägen die Lagenriserva Rancia. Junge Jahrgänge zeigen eine frische, saftige Säure. Ein voller Körper, Komplexität und eine lange aromatische Nachhaltigkeit machen diesen Wein zu einem der besten seiner Art.
Plenty of blackberry and cherry character with hints of mineral. Medium- to full-bodied, with fresh fruit and a clean finish. Slightly closed. Best after 2004.
Good dark red-ruby color. high-toned aromas of violet, dried flowers and spearmint. Ripe, juicy red berry and dried flower flavors given clarity by sound acids. Intriguing peppery note. Quite long on the aftertaste,with firm, mouthcoating tannins. Very suave Chianti.