Bottle Notes

2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia – Bottle Notes

Fattoria di Felsina is a historic estate in the Chianti appellation of Tuscany. In 1966 the estate was purchased by the Poggiali family, and today a second generation of the Poggiali family still run the 153-acre estate. Gambero Rosso, Italy’s leading wine journal, has often awarded Felsina’s wines with 3 Bicchieri, the journal’s highest rating.

Rancia is 100% Sangiovese, sourced from the vineyard of the same name in the Chianti Classico zone.

Crimson in color with some bricking on the edge. 13.5% ABV. Red fruits, flowers, coffee, tar and mineral on the nose. Medium in body with a boatload of acidity. Dried cherries, plums, spice and earth on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long. This wine screams for food. Drink over the next 3-5 years.

My rating: 91 points.

Current vintages of Rancia cost right around $45. Truly a wine you can buy almost every year.

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5 thoughts on “2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia – Bottle Notes

  1. Nice review, Tom. Fèlsina’s Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia might be my favorite Chianti. 2004 was an excellent year for Chianti Classico. I tried the 04 Rancia in 2009 and rated it pretty highly. Wish I had more.

  2. Have not tried Fontodi Chianti Classico, but I’ve read that it’s amazing, especially the Vigna del Sorbo. 2010 appears to be a spectacular year for Chianti Classico, so I’ll be on the lookout for both Fontodi and Felsina in this vintage. Cheers!

  3. Tom, Aged Rancia has been one of the great revelations to me over the last year. They almost gain a Paulliac like lead pencil and cassis, all the while keeping that food friendly acidity going. Don’t be shy in letting these age for a while.

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