With the jaw-dropping success of Felsina's 2015 and 2016 vintages, where could they go with 2017? With the release of the base-model Chianti Classico, the answer is "up." Check out the reviews! It's our absolute can't-miss, Tuesday through Monday night wine and easily, easily one of the world's single greatest wine values, damn near every vintage. Savvy wine buyers: this is a no-brainer case buy!
And whether you've been sitting on the sidelines with the 2016 Felsina Rancia and Fontalloro, or whether you've drunk all your '16s, or if you're wise and know that it's time to go big, get the highest rated Felsina Fontalloro and Rancia of all time! These are legends-in-the-making, cornerstones of a Tuscan wine collection. Get them!
$23.35 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($25.95 regular)
95 points James Suckling: "A very fresh 2017 with plenty of tight and linear tannins that give the wine energy and drive. Medium to full body. Racy finish. Impressive. Fantastic texture and complexity on the palate with purple fruit and wet earth. Drink or hold."
92 points Wine Spectator: "Rich, with black cherry, plum, iron and violet aromas and flavors, this red is suave and multidimensional. Vibrant and balanced, featuring a lingering finish that echoes the fruit and adds a spice accent."
93 points, Editor's Choice Wine Enthusiast: "Aromas of plum, exotic spice, eucalyptus and a hint of violet form the nose. The medium-bodied palate is elegantly structured and has nice tension, offering mature black cherry, blackberry compote and licorice accompanied by polished tannins. Drink through 2023."
$58.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($64.95 regular)
98+ points Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Fontalloro is the best vintage of this landmark wine that I have tasted thus far. This is a very elegant vintage, with more volume in the mouth and precise notes of tar, licorice, camphor ash, resin and Indian spice. In a race between the highly competitive 2015 and 2016 vintages, I give a slight advantage to this wine. The warmer 2015 vintage shows more richness and exuberant fruit. However, this wine from 2016 offers a more focused and chiseled delivery. I am hopeful that this wine will continue to evolve and sharpen as it ages in the bottle. This is a beautiful wine to put aside in your cellar for ten years or more."
98 points James Suckling: "Amazing aromas of licorice, wet earth, orange peel and lavender. Full body, tight and super compact and polished. Goes on for minutes. Clearly great. Better in 2021, but already a star."
Us: For all the talk of this being a wine for the cellar, we opened a bottle recently, next to a 2006, and the 2016 was utterly fabulous. Already.
$49.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($54.95 regular)
95 points Wine Spectator: "This features ripe, juicy black cherry and black currant fruit, with licorice, earth and tobacco flavors. Firm tannins frame the elements, imparting structure and complexity for the long haul. Terrific texture. Best from 2022 through 2042."
96+ points Vinous, Antonio Galloni: "The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is powerful, rich and explosive, with tremendous drive. Even so, several bottles have been quite closed. That is probably a very good sign for the long-term, but readers should not plan on touching a bottle anytime soon. A wine of vertical drive and aromatic nuance, the 2016 Rancia is super-complex. Only with a few hours of air does it show the nuances and layers that were so evident from barrel. The 2016 is a painfully stubborn wine in the early going, but it will offer superb drinking pleasure for those who can wait."
96 points Wine Advocate: The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia knocks it out of the park. Like the other new releases from Fèlsina, this pure expression of Sangiovese needs more time to evolve and improve with bottle age. But even at this young stage, you are made fully aware of the beautiful intensity and complexity of the quality fruit at its core. There is so much energy and tension here, further reinforced by the fresh acidity of the vintage. There are vibrant tones of wild cherry, raspberry and spice, followed up by white truffle and tilled earth."