This 470 hectare estate is located northeast of Siena in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, on the southern border of the Chianti Classico zone. Fèlsina epitomises the powerful style of southern Chianti, where the wines are stylistically more akin to those from Montalcino. Domenico Poggiali bought the estate in 1966. Since 1990 Giovanni Poggiali, Domenico's grandson, has joined the management and continues his grandfather's enterprise with the same passion. Consultant oenologist Franco Bernabei is now very much at the helm of the winemaking team.
The Rancia vineyard lies entirely within the Chianti Classico zone, in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, north east of Siena. It sits at 400 metres above sea level, facing south.
In 2013 the weather was cooler than in previous years. Winter and early Spring rains supplied groundwater reserves and were responsible of a slight delay in the flowering of the vines. At the beginning of July, however, temperatures above the seasonal average favoured all conditions for recovering. The grapes grew and ripened gradually throughout the summer. Rainfall in late October slowed down the harvest as careful grape selection was required, but quality was still good, grapes were healthy and rich in aromatic compound and excellent in the concentration of polyphenols. The final result was a more balanced production andthe wine was lower in alcohol, in comparison with vintage 2011 and 2012.
After de-stemming and crushing, fermentation took place at 28-30°C, with automatic daily punching down of the cap, followed by 12-15 days maceration. Towards the end of fermentation, the wine was racked into small and medium oak barrels in March-April where it remained for 12-18 months. It aged for a further 6-10 months in bottle before release.
Deep ruby red in colour with a spicy nose with floral and wild berry notes. Great elegance and finesse on the palate with a fine mineral note. It is opulent with ripe berry characters and a long, spicy finish.