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898. Fèlsina, Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva, 2010

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Book 5 Wine 898

£15.83; 14%

And this was a classic Riserva, with more marked, fine-quality oak and deeper black cherry. Mid-deep garnet with a hint of rim brick. Dark – well-toasted – smoky oak. Smoky red and black cherry. Vanilla. Some clay-earth. On the palate, sour black cherry. Medium body. Firm acidity and firmer grainy tannins. Persistent mineral, clay-earth finish. Had the 2009 a few weeks later for exam practice. Similar style but less focused and tight – a riper, rounder year perhaps?

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