Vineyards: In the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, northeast of Siena and south of the Chianti Classico production area.
Growing Area: Vigneto Rancia, located at an altitude of 400 metres and with a good, south-facing exposure, covers about 6 hectares (2.4 acres), with a total of 13,980 vines. New plantings in recent years have utilised the massal selection genetic material gathered from the old Rancia vineyard.
Training system: Simple Guyot with an average yield
of 40-45 hl/ha (2.3-2.6 tons/acre).
Vineyard age: Planted over 1958-1982, grafted-over material from the best stock.
Soils profile: Quartzitic blue-grey sandstone, stratified sand and calcareous alberese mixed with alluvial pebbles. Limestone-sand marl galestro in the higher areas.
Number of vines: 5400/hectare (2160/acre).
Harvest: Exclusively by hand.
Vinification: Grapes de-stemmed and crushed, then fermented at 28-30°C, with automatic daily punch-downs, followed by 12-15-day maceration. Drawing-off almost at end of fermentation, into small and medium oak barrels in March-April for 12-18 months’ maturation. The lots are blended and bottled, with 6-10 months’ ageing in glass.
Sensory profile: Brilliant, rich ruby red. Spicy nose with floral notes and wild berry nuances. Spice continues in the mouth, nicely complemented by a dense, soft fabric of youthful tannins; excellent structure and superb overall character.
"Racy and rich, with chewy tannins that are polished and attractive. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a clean finish. Offers lots of richness. Drink now." -Rated 91, Wine Spectator
"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. In a second tasting the 2007 Rancia came across as decidedly more elegant and restrained in style, so it will be interesting to see where this ultimately settles within the context of recent vintages. Today I don’t think the 2007 has the elegance of the 2004 nor the power and ageworthiness of the 2006, but we will see. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2027." -Rated 94, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate