2012 Felsina "Maestro Raro" Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana

SKU #1275457 94 points Vinous

 Fèlsina's 2012 Maestro Raro (Cabernet Sauvignon) is a real head-turner, although it is also an infant and in need of considerable cellaring. A bold, dark wine, the 2012 is vivid in the glass, with remarkable detail for such a big wine and exceptional overall balance. The 2012 is sweeping and dramatic in style, with plenty of that year's exotic fruit and opulence, along with plenty of sweet tobacco, rosemary, sage and cedar notes that add nuance. The 2012 needs time to fully meld together, but it is fabulous, even today. (AG)  (9/2015)

93 points James Suckling

 A traditional Super Tuscan cab with chewy tannins, minerals, as well as spice and berry character. Full-bodied, structured and savory. Needs two or three years to soften. Drink in 2017.  (8/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Maestro Raro is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Rancia Piccolo vineyard adjacent to the Rancia vineyard that is celebrated for its Sangiovese. The hot vintage has crafted a thick, dark and heavily concentrated wine that delivers extra power and brawn. The first vintage of this wine was 1987. Maestro Raro shows deep lines and thick determination in the mouth. It will age forward for ten years or more. (ML)  (10/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 This is chewy, with cherry, black currant, herb and sweet spice flavors pitted against, dense, granular tannins. Long and saturated on the finish. Needs grilled meat. Best from 2017 through 2024. (BS, Web-2016)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

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Super Tuscan