We've been advising you that, from north to south, 2016 is a legendary vintage in Italy. The wines below, from one of our favorite wineries in the world, highlights exactly what we're talking about: the highest ratings ever for Felsina's Fontalloro and Maestro Raro Cabernet 2016.
The wines are on the water and will arrive late August but do not delay in securing your stash; we expect them to sell out today. 2016 is a vintage every wine lover should experience. Get your 2016s today!
98+ points Wine Advocate:"The 2016 Fontalloro is the best vintage of this landmark wine that I have tasted thus far. This is a very elegant vintage, with more volume in the mouth and precise notes of tar, licorice, camphor ash, resin and Indian spice. In a race between the highly competitive 2015 and 2016 vintages, I give a slight advantage to this wine. The warmer 2015 vintage shows more richness and exuberant fruit. However, this wine from 2016 offers a more focused and chiseled delivery. I am hopeful that this wine will continue to evolve and sharpen as it ages in the bottle. This is a beautiful wine to put aside in your cellar for ten years or more."
98 points James Suckling:"Amazing aromas of licorice, wet earth, orange peel and lavender. Full body, tight and super compact and polished. Goes on for minutes. Clearly great. Better in 2021, but already a star."
97+ points Wine Advocate:"Wow, this is an absolutely gorgeous wine that delivers exceptional intensity followed by compelling complexity. The bouquet on the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Maestro Raro peels back to reveal thick layers of red fruit, spice and tobacco. Despite the full weight approach of the mouthfeel, this wine maintains a deep inner sense of elegance all the while. It is still very highly wound and nervous at this young moment in its life and is going to need extra time to unwind and achieve final harmony. All the necessary elements (complexity, balance, freshness and structure) are amply present to guide the wine into the future. It should be exciting to follow its evolution over the next few decades." Classically Cab and also classically Tuscan. In past tastings of Washington and Napa Cabs, this has out-shown the competition. Limited!
96 points Wine Advocate:"The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia knocks it out of the park. Like the other new releases from Fèlsina, this pure expression of Sangiovese needs more time to evolve and improve with bottle age. But even at this young stage, you are made fully aware of the beautiful intensity and complexity of the quality fruit at its core. There is so much energy and tension here, further reinforced by the fresh acidity of the vintage. There are vibrant tones of wild cherry, raspberry and spice, followed up by white truffle and tilled earth." This wine is already amazing, as evidenced by my drinking it last week. The thought of it improving with age is simply mind-boggling! - Marcus
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