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Fattoria di Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva ‘Rancia’, 2004

February 19, 2008

 ~US$32, 100% Sangiovese, Chianti Classico Reserva

 Quite simply one of the most compelling, proportionate, and interesting wines I’ve had in the last 3 months. A Gestalt wine, where the components each play a part in creating something greater. Purple black in color.  Aromas of violets, truffles, red cherries, cedar and tobacco. Light on it’s feet but required a bit of time to open up, the palate for enveloping but refreshing – more like a great Pinot than a traditional Chianti. Excellent fruit ripeness but the greatness lies in the overall elegance, where the wood, tannins, acidity, fruit just sing together – you can dive deeper into each  piece of the puzzle and be rewarded, or just sit back, sip and enjoy with medium-bodied food. This is a wine meant for the table, and presents a great value for the quality of the juice when compared to some of the other big B’s (Brunello, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Barolo, etc).

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