Fattoria di Felsina Maestro Raro Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
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Fattoria di Fèlsina is one of the greatest quality estates in Tuscany. Based in the Chianti Classico region, Fèlsina produces one of the finest ranges of ageworthy and complex Chianti bottlings in all of Italy. Unlike many of their neighbors, Fèlsina has never succumbed to the temptation to produce "new age" Chianti made of international-styled blends that include Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. Instead, they continue to use solely Sangiovese in their Chianti wines. Consequently, their elegant yet intensely flavored Chiantis place them firmly among the top handful of Chianti producers, with the best vintages of their top Riserva Chiantis often approaching Brunello di Montalcino (also 100% Sangiovese) in terms of complexity and potential for longevity.
In addition to their distinct bottlings of Chianti Classico, Fèlsina also produces one of Italy's rare Cabernet Sauvignon wines named Maestro Raro. Sourced from the vineyards of Il Poggiolo and Maestro Raro and made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Maestro Raro is made from soils which are farmed organically consisting of quarzitic blue-grey sandstone, stratified sand and calcareous alberese mixed with alluvial pebbles. The vineyards were planted in 1983 and are farmed with biodynamic methods and the grapes are all hand-harvested. Ultimately Maestro Raro is aged for 14-18 months' in oak, then blended in stainless steel before bottling.
'Felsina is a reference-point property for readers who want to discover the best Tuscany has to offer. Prices remain exceedingly fair considering the quality of what is in the bottle.' raves Wine Advocate
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Wine AdvocateA beautiful wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Maestro Raro showcases the best of Tuscany and the best of this grape. This Cabernet Sauvignon offers a determined load of black fruit followed by a long array of subtle detailing with spice, leather and bitter chocolate. You also get balsam herb, crushed mineral and a touch of green olive. The wine offers a stunning level of fullness and complexity with softly layered and fine tannins that caress the palate.
VinousThe 2013 Maestro Raro is another huge, powerful wine from Fèlsina. Huge tannins scream out of the glass in a deep, intense Tuscan Cabernet Sauvignon full of personality. Grilled herbs, savory herbs, smoke, tobacco, leather, licorice and dark plum add an exclamation point on the striking finish. This is a vivid, stunningly beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon that speaks in a thick Tuscan accent. Today, the tannins are huge and imposing.
James SucklingA silky and fine red with plum, chocolate and berry aromas and flavors. Medium body, juicy fruit and a savory finish. Beautiful pure cabernet as always. Drink or hold.
Wine SpectatorFull of wild herbs, leather, black cherry and spice aromas and flavors, this red is firm and linear. Balanced in a lean, athletic way, presenting a fresh, savory finish. Best from 2018 through 2024. 2,150 cases made.