A Guild-Favorite Tuscan Superstar, on Closeout!!

A Guild-Favorite Tuscan Superstar, on Closeout!!

Posted on Dec, 15. 2011 by

Categories: Wine

We just received our first year-end closeout sale offer, this from one of our top distributors. It seems like these are starting later this year (perhaps the economy is finally coming back a bit), but whatever the case in plowing through it two wines from one of my favorite estates leaped off the page. Fattoria di Felsina is one of the top producers of Chianti, making a variety of wines at multiple price points that are all solid values. In fact, Antonio Galloni from the Wine Advocate said that “Felsina is a reference-point property for readers who want to discover the best Tuscany has to offer. Prices remain exceedingly fair considering the quality of what is in the bottle” and I couldn’t agree more. I actually visited the estate earlier this year in my travels to Italy and was thrilled to tour the amazing estate and taste through their entire lineup.

To begin, many of you are familiar with the Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia — we’ve sold cases upon cases of the 2004 and 2006 vintages of this wine, which is literally one of my favorite wines in the world. I’m sure you can find those prior emails in your files or archive if you want to experience again my enthusiasm for this wine, but for our newer members this is (in my mind) the single best bottling of Chianti made anywhere by anyone. It’s a hugely extracted, powerful and complex expression of Sangiovese (blowing the traditional notion of lightweight, elegant Chianti out of the water) that can go toe to toe with California Cabernet, Bordeaux or Barolo. The 2007 vintage was a very strong one in Italy, and this wine once again lived up to expectations:

The 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia bursts onto the palate in a big, brooding expression of Sangiovese from Castelnuovo Berardenga. Muscular and dense to the core, the 2007 powers all the way through to the long finish. Hints of smoke, tar, leather and scorched earth emerge over time, but only with great reluctance. In a vintage where so many wines are open, the Rancia comes across as quite stubborn and in need of at least five more years in bottle. That said, it is a standout, not to mention one of the greatest values in fine, age-worthy wine. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2027. — 94 points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

As an added bonus, we have another spectacular wine in the Felsina portfolio to add to the mix this time — the 2007 Felsina Fontalloro. The Fontalloro is another of Felsina’s top wines, also a 100% Sangiovese, but since this particular vineyard is *just* on the other side of the DOCG that defines Chianti proper, the wine cannot be designated as such and has taken a marketing name instead. When I tasted it earlier this year I thought it was more approachable than the Rancia, and Galloni apparently agrees:

The 2007 Fontalloro is round, sweet and inviting, very much in keeping with the style of the vintage. The fruit tends towards the redder end of the spectrum vis-a-vis the Rancia and the Fontalloro seems to possess a touch more freshness. Floral, spiced notes add lift on the finish.– 93 points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

Now, it’s pretty rare when a wine we’ve offered at regular price in multiple prior vintages shows up in a closeout, but when it happens we’re thrilled to pass it along with our highest recommendation. In addition, this time we’re also able to offer another spectacular wine from the same estate, at a similarly-discounted price. Please respond quickly if you have an interest, as the distributor has made these close-out prices available to all the shops in town and I expect they’ll move very quickly…

2007 Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia, Italy
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $32.99 • Premier Cru: $34.99 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $50.00
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2007 Felsina Fontalloro, Italy
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $37.76 • Premier Cru: $39.48 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $52.00
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