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Felsina Maestro Raro Cabernet Sauvignon Tuscany 2019  - First Bottle


95 Vinous -
The 2019 Maestro Raro is impressive. Dark, layered and striking in its completeness, Maestro Raro is endowed with terrific depth and sheer resonance. Black cherry, plum, menthol, licorice, spice and grilled herbs infuse the 2019 with considerable depth.
94 James Suckling -
Beautiful aromas of currants and fresh herbs with some green coffee bean. Medium to full body with firm, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Needs time to soften and come together.
92 Wine Spectator -
A savory red, exhibiting eucalyptus, bell pepper, sage, tobacco and earth notes allied to black cherry and plum fruit. Gains a chewy feel on the finish, thanks to dusty tannins

Technical Details

  • BlendCabernet Sauvignon
  • WinemakerGiovanni Poggiali
  • CountryItaly
  • RegionTuscany
  • AppellationTuscany
  • Aging/Cooperage18-20 months in new French oak barrels and 8-10 months in bottle
  • Alcohol14%

Felsina Maestro Raro Cabernet Sauvignon Tuscany 2019

Bordeaux Blends  |  Italy
VN95, JS94, WS92

40% off retail!

If you were savvy enough to snag any of Fèlsina’s glorious 95-point Chianti we offered a few weeks back, you know… this is an iconic Tuscan estate making fantastic wines across their portfolio. 95 POINTS again – but this time in a remarkable, Super-Tuscan style of 100% cabernet sauvignon!

From an estate that was once a post station of the Roman Empire – situated on an important road, and designed as a place to meet, take rest, and reinvigorate oneself for the journey ahead – Fèlsina has endured as a farm of great importance for centuries. The ancient wine cellar had been used for bottling as far back as the early 1900s, though it wasn’t until the late 1960s that this estate took on its current shape.

In 1966, when Domenico Poggiali Fèlsina purchased the estate, Italy was in the midst of a bit of a wine crisis. Outside of Italy, the wines were struggling, and many growers were abandoning their vines for new careers closer to the big cities. He, like other visionaries of the time, fell in love with the Tuscan countryside and took the risk to create something special. Now, over 50 years later, he has achieved just that.

The cabernet grapes for Maestro Raro are sourced from two estate vineyards – Rancia Piccola and Poggiolo – set amongst the rolling, verdant backdrop of Tuscany. The first vintage of this wine goes back to 1987, before the Super-Tuscan frenzy of the mid-90s. The grapes here are traditionally harvested, de-stemmed, and crushed with fermentation occurring exclusively in stainless steel. They settle in tank for several months, before transferring to new French oak barrels for 18-20 months of additional maturation. After bottling, a further 10 months of aging occurs before release.

Fresh from Italy, this beauty has just arrived,! What. A. Beast. Galloni nailed it when he called this “...impressive. Dark, layered and striking in its completeness, Maestro Raro is endowed with terrific depth and sheer resonance.” Loaded with Black Pearl cherries, crisp plums, minty freshness, licorice, and coffee beans – this is nuanced, layered, and far more than just rich and round. It’s those, too, but there is a precision here – a jagged vein of mineral substratum and a lean and mean tension to the wine that slowly unravels to reveal something epic. A complex, deeply concentrated, and purely vibrant wine that is only going to improve with time. This is one to savor.

About the Producer

It was 1966 when Domenico Poggiali Felsina took the courageous leap and bought the estate at a time when Italian viticulture was struggling. In the second half of the 1970s Giuseppe Mazzocolin entered the family business paving the way for the beginnings of their international recognition. Their friendship with Luigi Veronelli and collaboration with oenologist Franco Bernabei shaped a developmental strategy that has proven itself extremely coherent, starting with the wines of 1983, the first year of Fontalloro and of Rancia. With Domenico and Giuseppe Poggiali at the helm, an extraordinary development began which, since 1990, also includes Giovanni Poggiali, the oldest of Giuseppe's three sons.