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Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 2005
The 2005 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia much more closed than it was when I last tasted it a few years ago. Notoriously slow to evolve, today the 2005 shows the broad, powerful side of its personality, along with remarkable intensity for a wine of its age and vintage. Black cherries, plums, smoke, licorice and tobacco shape the powerful, tannic finish. The 2005 still hasn't developed tertiary notes and appears to be going through an especially stubborn phase. My most rewarding experiences with Rancia have usually come around age 20, which may very well be when the 2005 decides to show us all it has. Rating: 93+
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.
Exhibits pleasant fresh blackberry, citrus and cedar character on a medium body, with a clean fruit and mineral finish. Clean and tasty, with a long, succulently fruity aftertaste. Subtle and delicious.
The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked...
The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.