Vinification: After de-stemming and crushing, fermentation at 28-30°C with daily automatic punch-downs, followed by ca. 20-day maceration. After drawing-off, wine went through malolactic, and into barrels in March-April.
Aging: 14-18 months' maturation, then blended in stainless steel before bottling. 8-10 months aging in glass.
Notes: Vineyards planted in 1983.
Publication: 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.
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.