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Date Printed: 11/27/2014
Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 2003
Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 2003
(search item no. 91519)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $32.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Decanter rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1995 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1994 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Impressive dark ruby color. Expressive aromas of blackcurrant, plum, mint and cigar box, all lifted by a mineral element. Dense and rich, combining pinot noir-like texture and refinement with syrah-like flavors of rare meat and raspberry liqueur. This boasts a wonderfully tactile feel and a remarkably long, palate-staining finish. A great Chianti with loads of personality."
-International Wine Cellar

"Felsina's single-vineyard 2003 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia presents more overt toasted oak notes along with darker, riper fruit in a structured expression of Chianti Classico. With some time in the glass complex notes of smoke, tobacco, licorice, mint and black cherries emerge, completing this gorgeous and intensely satisfying wine. In two separate tastings I found the Rancia more complex than the Fontalloro, most likely owing to the poorer soils of the Rancia vineyard. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019."
-Wine Advocate

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About Fattoria di Felsina:

In the 17 published editions of Gambero Rosso, Italy’s acclaimed wine rating guide, this Tuscan estate has won the coveted Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses) award 17 times. They are a favorite of IWM, Robert Parker, and any Tuscan wine enthusiast. And they did it by revealing the true essence of the Sangiovese grape and the Chianti Classico terroir. What this tells us is that this is a winery of consistency, producing Chianti Classicos with the ability to age up to two decades for the right vintage. Much like the great Brunello estates, it is the marriage of an ideal microclimate and the uncompromising commitment of a dedicated staff that educes the full character of Tuscany's noble grape, even in off vintages. Even more importantly, this is a producer who creates compelling wines and releases them at contained prices, making Felsina accessible to all wine enthusiasts and one of Italy's greatest values!