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November 02, 2016

Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia & Fontalloro 2013

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We released Felsina’s two leading wines Rancia and Fontalloro 2010 two years ago, since then they have increased 35% in value. Today we are delighted to be able to offer them from the exceptional 2013 vintage and we expect a wonderful reception from this remarkable harvest. In 2013 the Rancia has been awarded 96+ from Antonio Galloni, while the Fontalloro has been awarded 94 points. These are outstanding scores, from the Galloni, yet the price is what grabs the attention, the Rancia is priced today at £195 and the Fontalloro £185 per case of six. This provides the Rancia with a Price Over Points score of 24 and the Fontalloro 25, incredibly low for an Estate of this renown: we consider anything below 30 as a key buy! To put this into perspective, Sassicaia 2013 has been awarded 93-96+ and trades at £575 per six (POP score of 80), Tignanello 2013 at 95+ trades at £330 (POP score of 43)

Felsina typifies the powerful bravura of Southern Chianti, cited in Castelnuovo Berardenga which lies at the very southernmost tip; although a small part of the 75 hectare vineyard rests in Crete Senesi. As such the wines are stylistically similar to Montalcino, in particular famed for dark fruit flavours, with a wonderful perfume of spice and tobacco, they do not lack power, yet retain superb finesse. This goes a long way to explain how in every published edition of Italy’s esteemed Gambero Rosso, Felsina Rancia has received the coveted Tre Bicchieri (three glasses) – a total of 17 times, an outstanding achievement. Felsina is exceptionally consistent and illuminates the very essence of Sangiovese and promise of Chianti’s special terroir.

The grapes for Fontalloro are grown on the Fontalloro and Poggio al Sole vineyards located inside the Chianti Classico zone, along with Casalino and Arcidossino in the Chianti Colli Senesi zone. As such the wine can never be labelled as Chianti Classico, instead a Super Tuscan IGT. Giuseppe Mazzocolin intentionally extended the vineyard outside of the hallowed zone as he believed and was later vindicated, that the soils provide the wine with a unique flavour. The vines have an average age of 50 years and are situated 400 metres above sea level. The soil is predominantly calcareous matter within the Chianti zone with loam and sand at the borders of Crete Senesi.

The Rancia vineyards are contained within the Chianti Classico zone, north east of Siena, covering six hectares which were planted between 1958 and 1982. Once again benefiting from high altitude at 400 metres, the vines are restricted to low average yields, 40-45 hl/ha. The soil here is made up of quarzitic blue-grey sandstone, containing layers of sand and calcareous albarese mixed with alluvial pebbles. The highest areas of the vineyard contain limestone marl and the fabled Chianti galestro soils. The wine is aged for 12 – 18 months in French barrique, followed by six to ten months in bottle before release. The wine is elegant, opulent and beautifully structured.

Felsina’s Fontalloro and Rancia Chianti Classicos are unilaterally loved by critics with varying palates. This could be attributed to their wine’s superb ability to combine power and finesse, while also remaining structured. The wines display Chianti’s famed notes of sour cherry and violets, with sweet spice and delightful minerality.

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