Given the iconic status of Felsina’s Fontalloro and Chianti Classico Riserva wines it’s easy to not look deeper into the estate’s body of work. Hiding in plain sight is this gem, aptly title Maestro Raro. While the trend of planting international varietals has switched to a focus on indigenous ones, the roots planted in Felsina’s slice of Tuscan soil, has produced a gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon with a heavy Italian accent. The fruit is well polished with aromas of fresh blackberries, black currants, with subtle notes of saddle leather, wet rocks, cacao, and warm baking spices. Aromatically, Cabernet’s green notes appear to be replaced by Italian tones of balsamic, nasturtium, and dried herbs. The acidity retains its freshness while carrying a rich, silky texture that flows into a fine velvety tannic grip with a complex spicy, peppery, earthy, and savory finish. Elegantly structured for optimal food pairing possibilities and cellaring, though it is already well-rounded and settled in at time of release.
Calcareous rocks, marl, sandstone with silt and clay
Fermented in stainless steel, aged in new French oak barrels for 18-20 months followed by and additional 8-10 months in bottle.