Felsina, 'Maestro Raro' Cabernet Sauvignon di Toscana 2017
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Felsina, 'Maestro Raro' Cabernet Sauvignon di Toscana 2017

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Notes from the Producer:

The grapes come from the vineyards Rancia Piccola and Poggiolo, the first also called Mastro Raro, adjacent and similar to that of Rancia. The best-known and most wydely-planted red grape in the world, Cabernet Sauvignon, was planted here, right in the locus of the Felsina terroir at its most classic. First vintage 1987.

Deep red with shades of purple and violet. Aromas of berries, tobacco, leather and black tea, without any particular herbal or grassy notes. Consistent, warm and harmonious on the palate. Good elegance and persistence with ample finish.

Notes from Robert Park:

This is an exacting and powerful expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from the heart of Tuscany. The Fèlsina 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Maestro Raro always stands out in a crowd, and it definitely stands apart in this portfolio. The wine is sultry and rich in personality, sporting tightly wrapped tannins that will need time to soften and unwind. At its core, the wine shows concentrated black fruit flavors, but there are hints of spice, baker's chocolate and smoky tobacco that add to the complexity and the aromatic lift of the bouquet. The 2018 vintage that sometimes delivers mature or baked aromas in wines made with Tuscany's indigenous grapes like Sangiovese, is actually spot-on when it comes to the heartier and brawnier Cabernet Sauvignon.

Indicazione Geografica Tipica Toscana
Cabernet Sauvignon
Tuffaceous sandstone
After the quality-selected clusters are de-stemmed and pressed, the must is fermented and macerated in stainless steel for 16-20 days at 28°C and 30°C, with programmed punchdowns and daily pumpovers. In March-April, the new wine goes into new French oak barrels; after 18-20 months of maturation, the final blend is assembled, bottled, and ages in glass a minimum of 8-10 months.