This tasting was in the home of an artistic couple--the husband is a sculptor and painter and the wife owns an art gallery on Nantucket. The home was planned to be a setting for art with two-story atrium and lots of light coming in from tall glass doors and windows. They also had a sofa made from a Greek open boat as a central piece of furniture in the great room. The tasting started late and progressed slowly--it was supposed to be over at 2:30 PM and I had another event at 3:00 so had to leave before tasting the Vin Santo and only got a couple sips of the Maestro Raro (Cabernet Sauvignon). The presenter provided us with fancy booklets about Felsina vineyards and wines which I can refer to in the future (photos of vines, buildings, maps of Tuscany, etc.)
2008 BERDARDEGNA CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA 100% Sangiovese grapes A traditional vintage in a somewhat elegant style.
1999 LIBRARY VINTAGE RANCIA Rancia is a former Benedictine monastery. The Rancia had a stronger nose than the Berdardegna, one that I did not find particularly attractive. Leggy, a bit of earthiness; perhaps better on the palate than on the nose.
2008 FONTALLORO AND 1998 LIBRARY VINTAGE FONTALLORO. I found the 2008 Fontalloro to be very smooth with cherry and raspberry notes. The best grapes from the best vineyards go into the Fontalloro. Some of the vineyards are just outside the Chianti Classico region so it cannot be labeled as a Chianti Classico.
2007 MAESTRO RARO 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. I found this very pleasant and wish I had had a few minutes to study it but had to leave by taxi for the next event. This was the 20th vintage of Maestro Raro.
The last wine to be poured was a 2003 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico D.O.C. which I didn't have a chance to taste.