Red

2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia

Sangiovese

  • Italy
  • Tuscany
  • Chianti
  • Chianti Classico DOCG
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Community Tasting Notes 316

  • pren wrote: 93 points

    November 1, 2019 - 第一天,三小时内 慢慢打开。橡木或者aged味道镶嵌下的cherry水果。还有相当酸度和涩度。一点blood orange。91
    第二天,喔,酒精烘托下的微甜香气,不像有的ne b那么热,典雅。一小时时最充沛,但是口感还不究竟。两小时,口感最j精确,微酸,稍涩。

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • CMN Likes this wine:

    October 30, 2019 - My prior bottle, consumed a year prior and acquired from the same source, showed very young. This bottle was showing much more ready, with red fruit and leather. Acididty was spot-on and tannins surprisingly well-integrated. Very nice food wine.

    6 people found this helpful Comment
  • Rieslingfan wrote:

    October 11, 2019 - The second of two bottles that I purchased from two different sources on release. The prior bottle was shot, clearly a victim of heat damage. This one was heavenly. Red fruit core was still dominant, but it was supplemented by leathery, herbal tones and a finishing anise note that increased complexity. Served over the course of two hours, the wine didn't move a whole heck of a lot, mostly accentuating the tertiary elements over time. The fruit/tannin balance was excellent, so properly stored bottles have plenty of time.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • Bob H wrote:

    July 31, 2019 - Very nice - it seemed like I waited forever for this wine to start showing its potential, but as it has reached its 15th year, we finally are starting to see the goods.

    Still drinking like a younger wine, but no longer clenched on the palate, this is a pleasure right now. I would say that if you only have a couple bottles, it's still better to wait on this for another 3-5 years, as it will get better/more expansive. But if you're sitting on an unopened case that you've had since release, well worth opening a bottle right now to check this out.

    7 people found this helpful Comment
  • JM_MadTown Likes this wine: 92 points

    April 28, 2019 - Another great bottle of this wine. Lots of dusty cherry fruit, saddle leather, good acidity and minerality.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Staring Into The Heart of Sangiovese (Jun 2012) (link)

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Tuscany: The Best of 2005 and 2006 (Jun 2008) (link)

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  • By Ian D'Agata
    July/August 2007, IWC Issue #133 (link)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2008 (link) 17.5+ points

    (Felsina Berardenga Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva) This is Felsina's flagship wine, and one that has been adorable in previous vintages, and the 2004 doesn't disappoint - although the price seems to be continuing its upward trend. Dense fruit, liquorice, slightly tarry, certainly rich with a promising depth. Lots of cherry and plum fruit on the palate, backed up by piles of structure and tannins. Fresh, not roasted, but deep and impressively structured, with lots of grip and a huge finish. Great length. Excellent potential.

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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    9/18/2007 (link)

    (RANCIA Felsina CCR) 2004 Rancia - IMPORTANT Dear Friends, Sometimes, things just work out. As many of you know, Italian wines are my first love and I’ve spent most of my career watching the Italian wine industry change (for better or worse). Styles have changed and traditional examples have gone by the wayside in favor of more oak and extract but through it all some producers have found a way to blend tradition and terroir seamlessly with just enough modernity to keep up with the times. It’s happened in Piedmont, Tuscany and now in the south but a few wines have stood out as reasonable bargains at the top-end that always seem to rise above. On my last trip to Italy in February, I passed before my lips what I believed to be one of the finest examples of Chianti Classico since the 1990 vintage - it was one of those wines mentioned above that always seems to be at the very top in most vintages and the style has remained true to form regardless of fashion. While everyone was chasing the 2003 version of this wine (due to the recent WA ratings and crazy low prices), I knew the 2004 that I tasted was far superior to the 2003 - so much so that I passed on my entire allocation of 2003 to get double the 2004 (which nobody cared about because it had not been reviewed). Even though the 2004 was 20% higher in price than the 2003, I finalized the deal and went on my merry way... ...last month, Tanzer’s IWC gave the wine I tasted last February, the 2004 Felsina “Rancia”, a 95pt score making it the highest rated example of Chianti Classico in the publication’s history. By contrast, the 2003 Rancia received a 91 - an excellent wine, but it is not in this league (few, if any Tuscan wines are - at any price - and that includes Solaia, Massetto, et al). Without being verbose or overly hyperbolic, but just telling it like it is - this wine has basically disappeared from the landscape before release - I’m just happy I committed to it last February (allocations of the 2004 are scant, even if you purchased large amounts of 2003). Now it’s time for you to benefit with one of the lowest priced, most impressive wines I’ve come across in a long time. This wine has everything - intellectual attributes, fantastic definition and structure, extended ageing ability and a magical quality of the purest, densest fruit that sets it apart from its peer group. It will be fascinating to watch this wine evolve over the next 10-20 years as I believe it has more ability to gain complexity than most of the overly-alcoholic 2001 Brunellos (at a far lesser price). Even if you’ve been on a wine-buying moratorium, this is one to break the silence with as Chianti Classico of this quality rarely, if ever, comes around. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (as high a recommendation as I can give for Chianti Classico) ONE SHIPMENT ONLY directly from the winery cellar with perfect provenance: 2004 Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva “Rancia” Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Italy7150

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2004
  • Type Red
  • Producer Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga
  • Varietal Sangiovese
  • Designation Riserva
  • Vineyard Rancia
  • Country Italy
  • Region Tuscany
  • SubRegion Chianti
  • Appellation Chianti Classico DOCG
  • UPC Codes 8029192200076, 827772200076

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 27 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,437 (48%)
  • Consumed 2,619 (52%)

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Community Recommendations

braised beef, cocoa encrusted beef, lamb, Lasagne, mushroom lasagne, pork shoulder wrapped around mortadella in a red sauce, prosciutto, ragu, roast beef, rolled pork shoulder

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