"Magical, Mind-Blowing, Indescribably Finessed": Felsina Rancia 2018

If I'm using my fingers to count my favorite wineries—not just in the Northwest but worldwide—I only need one hand for today's winery: Fèlsina. I cannot wait for the arrival of Fèlsina's highest rated Rancia Riserva ever, the "stunning, mind-blowing, indescribably finessed, magical" 2018, so I'm not waiting. Today marks the start of our Rancia 2018 pre-arrival offer; the wine will arrive mid-February but with 97 points and extraordinary praise from Vinous' Italian master-critic, Antonio Galloni, it will likely be sold out before it arrives. Lock yours in today!

But don't stop at 2018 Rancia—Fèlsina's Chianti Classico is my perfect Tuesday night wine and the newly arrived 2019 is the loveliest vintage I've tasted; it is also one of the world's great wine values. The '19 is ready to go now as is the gorgeous 2017 Rancia.

Pre-arrival offer, arrives mid-February
$49.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($54.95 regular)

97 points Vinous, Antonio Galloni: "The 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is an absolutely stunning wine. The archetype of Rancia in the past has been of a big, potent Chianti Classico but in 2018, Rancia is a wine of mind-blowing elegance and finesse. Silky, perfumed and indescribably finessed, the 2018 dazzles from start to finish. It's a magical wine in every way."
 

Available now for your Tuesday evening pleasure!
$24.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($27.95 regular)

91 points Vinous, Antonio Galloni: "The 2019 Chianti Classico Berardenga is a classic wine for the year. Bright, perfumed and light on its feet, the 2019 Chianti Classico Berardenga is so wonderfully expressive. There is a feeling of vibrancy to the 2019 that is hugely appealing. A wine of energy more than power. Crushed red berry fruit, cinnamon linger in a gorgeous Chianti Classico that is more about transparency than power."

Us: This is my perfect Tuesday night wine. Or Saturday. You get the point. Galloni's note is spot on—it's so elegant and vibrant—the prettiest vintage of Fèlsina Chianti Classico I recall tasting. Yet it stands up to a hearty braised beef dish (braised in Chianti, of course) and I have no doubt it''ll be a great match with just about anything. I love it!
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Available now!
$49.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($54.95 regular)

95 points Vinous, Antonio Galloni: "The 2017 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is incredibly polished and sophisticated. Silky tannins give the 2017 its racy, sleek personality. Over the last year, the 2017 has really settled into a gorgeous place. There is plenty of vintage 2017 intensity, but Rancia is distinctly medium in body and restrained. The wilder side of Sangiovese, one of the signatures of Rancia and Fèlsina more broadly, tastes a bit baked out. I can't wait to see how the 2017 develops over the coming years and decades."

Us: Depth, intensity, structure—an excellent example of the beauty of Rancia. Decanting does wonders for the '17; another year or five in the cellar won't hurt, either.
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Above, Marcus at Fèlsina.