Felsina Berardenga was a farm lying in Castelnuovo Berardenga, the southernmost Chianti Classico area, characterized by olive groves and cypress forests, with some vineyards producing wine for private domestic consumption. In 1966 Domenico Poggiali bought it in order to produce and sell wine and oil coming from almost 600 hectares of lands, 95 of which planted with vineyards. With the cooperation of his son Giovanni, the humanist Giuseppe Mazzocolin, and the winemaker Franco Bernabei, and (in 1985) the friendship with Luigi Veronelli, Fattoria di Felsina was frequently awarded as a point of reference for the wine culture in Italy and abroad.
Maestro Raro cabernet sauvignon production started in 1987 under the ideas of Mazzocolin who wanted to create, with Bernabei’s help, an international wine which was also able to tell its own peculiar terroir. This wine come from the Maestro Raro (also known as Rancia Piccola) and Poggiolo vineyards, rich in limestony and calcareous marl. Their handpicked grapes are de-stemmed and soft-crushed in order to ferment in stainless still with daily pumping over and pressings that allow a better extraction. Finally the wine is aged in French oak barriques for 20 months and then 10 more in bottle before being put on the market.
This ruby red garnet edged 2011 vintage begins with smells of wild blackberry, black currant, cooked plum, black pepper and dried aromatic herbs; then it comes Balkan Sobraine tobacco, clove and cinnamon, with distant memories of citrus, coffee and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is fresh with a long ferrous note, enough soft with a salty balanced side and some dark sensations of vinyl, incense and graphite, surrounded by few gentle tannins which lead to a finish of rare elegance and persistence.
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