Ruby red appearance with rich, intense tones. Spicy nose with floral notes and hints of wild berry (red and black), accompanied by mineral impressions and light toasted notes. Spice re-appears on the palate, which displays firm but supple tannins, and the finale is vigorous and taut. Overall, the wine is compelling for its flavor-rich mid-palate and supporting acidity.
"Giuseppe Mazzocolin says the 1994 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is one of his all-time favorites. It is easy to see why. The 1994 is strikingly beautiful from the very first taste. It boasts compelling inner sweetness, with layers of dark red cherries, flowers, licorice, tar and tobacco that come alive in the glass. The silkiest of tannins frame the savory finish. All the elements have aged with the most exquisite grace in the 1994, a wine that is in fabulous shape considering it is nearly 30 years old. There is enough pure vibrancy to allow the 1994 to drink well for another decade, perhaps longer. For its era, the 1994 had high alcohol (almost 14%) and low acidity, but that didn’t stop it from aging beautifully. What a great showing! "
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"This is a beautifully crafted Chianti with impressive berry, cherry and vanilla aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with wonderfully integrated tannins, a long and silky finish.--Chianti retrospective. "