In the Tuscany section of Italy, near the town of Siena, one can find Fattoria di Felsina. The winery produces a total of six red wines and one Chardonnay.
The 2006 Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia was 100% Sangiovese. The wine was aged in new oak barrels for 16 to 18 months, and then spent an additional 6 to 8 months aging in the bottle. Its ABV was listed at 13.5% and the wine carried a DOCG classification.
I came across this wine while dining at Basil T’s in Red Bank, NJ. This restaurant has an extensive wine list (14 pages long with 12-20 wines per page – only Italian wines). I had success here in the past with a 2004 Castello di Ama Chianti Classico, so I thought I would give a new Chianti a try.
The bottle was not decanted.
Initial notes on the nose were black fruit and vanilla, with a bit of terroir.
The palate was busier than I had anticipated, although everything came together nicely. Black fruit, plum and black currant, cherries, pepper, and a touch of vanilla. The tannins were soft.
At first, the finish was medium. As the wine opened, it became longer. Cherries and those soft tannins again. It was generally pleasant.
This wine paired well with the entire meal. I started with a prosciutto and melon appetizer. That was followed by an escarole salad containing apples, candied walnuts, red onion, and paper thin slices of provolone, all mixed with a red wine vinaigrette. Finally, my entree was a grilled salmon filet over mushroom risotto. Again, the wine went well with everything.
I would call this a good bottle of wine, not a great bottle. It cost $102 at the restaurant, so it probably retails in the $45-55 range. While I had no issues with the wine, at that price point, there are better options available. I would have to advise looking elsewhere for your Chianti.