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Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia

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    We’ve offered several older stashes of Rancia in the past but the 1995 is drinking so well, I had to go back to the well for a final parcel (I had no idea if there was any left, but there was). In doing so, I also turned up a small lot of pristinely cellared 1980’s Rancia, from a classic year. I’ll be as blunt as possible here: if you enjoy older wine and have an interest in Italian vinous delight (from any region), I urge you to try the 1995 Rancia. Compared to a 1995 Bordeaux or other entrant with 15-20 years of age, the 1995 Rancia is an anomaly that holds true to what is self evident, that all wines are not created equal. It is vibrant but also evolved – a peak into just how well the results from this vineyard can age when mother nature cooperates. The 1988, from a legendary year in Tuscany, is also holding strong. At nearly 25 years of age, it demonstrates just how special the confluence of vintage, terroir and a non-interventionist philosophy can be. Another element that makes the 1988 special is its place in the pre 1990-era. Prior to 1990, Tuscany was still considered to be a traditional region with a priority on upholding their history and reliance on Sangiovese as a calling card. After 1990, everything changed and it’s never been the same since. Yes, Felsina held on to their basic philosophy for the next 5-10 years (thus the success of the 1995) but Tuscany as a whole became more interested in the IGT movement and also in French cooperage – not a good thing for the core of the industry. Thankfully, we still have examples such as those below to remind us why the Tuscan landscape is one of the most important in the world for producing fine wine. ONE PRISTINE SHIPMENT ONLY of the 1995. 1995 Felsina CC Riserva “Rancia” (Tuscany) - {$58.70}

    about 4 years