That is truly incredible, and epitomizes what people think of as a great track record. Literally unmatched!
Wine Advocate hasn’t gotten to the 2015…yet, but there has been plenty of ‘chatter’ from other respected sources. Starting with the now-stingy Wine Spectator, who wrote, “The fine cherry, plum, leather and spice flavors pick up accents of chocolate, earth and mineral as this red gathers steam. Builds to a firmly structured finish, where sweet fruit and dusty tannins linger. Drink now through 2028...94 points”
Antonio Galloni writes for Vinous, “The 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is one of the most finessed young Rancias I have ever tasted. Silky, aromatically precise and nuanced to the core, the 2015 is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. This is an impressive showing. 94-97 points." (count on the final number being on the higher end of that spectrum)
James Suckling weighed in with these notes, “Plenty of dark plums, black cherries, blackberry pie, cedar, tobacco and a hint of orange rind. There’s a real vitality to the palate, which is so well carved out by firm, savory tannins and seriously bright acidity. A chewy finish...95 points”
As for us, we found this to be a pretty sexy Chianti right out of the gate, and retasting it at a wine event recently confirmed our earlier impressions. Among a serious lineup of Italian wines being presented this one shined, exuding layers of plush cherry and plum fruits and classically juicy underpinnings usually associated with wines from this southerly part of Chianti Classico, along with Felsina’s signature supple tannins.
An elite effort from an estate that is known for elite efforts, it is once again a must. Simply put, Felsina did it yet again. And, as usual, given the pedigree and performance, the price looks like a bargain.