Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo

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Mazzei
Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo
CountryItaly
RegionTuscany
Grape Varieties90% Sangiovese; 10% Merlot
AppellationChianti Classico DOCG
Notable
93 Points
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DescriptionThe history of the Mazzei family is closely woven into Tuscany's winemaking history, as well as the regions rich political and cultural past. The extraordinary Fonterutoli estate in Chianti has been owned by the Mazzei family since 1435 and has passed down through 24 generations. The estate is led today by Lapo Mazzei and his sons, Francesco and Filippo. This dynamic family has carefully safeguarded the inherent beauty and rich heritage of Fonterutoli, while simultaneously implementing measures to ensure cutting-edge quality in the vineyards and cellars. With this outstanding Chianti Classico, the Mazzei family celebrates their notable ancestor Ser Lapo Mazzei (1350-1412), a winemaker from Carmignano who is considered the father of the Chianti name. Ser Lapo is the author of the first official document mentioning Chianti wine (December 16th, 1398).
VinificationThe Sangiovese and Merlot grapes undergo a temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks with 15- 18 days maceration. Both grapes are aged 12 months in small French oak barriques, followed by 4 months refinement in bottle.
ColorRuby red with violet nuances
NoseBright aromas of fresh cherries mingle with notes of thyme and a subtle smoky character.
PalateBright acid structure providing a lively quality. Cranberry, raspberry and red cherry dominate with hints of leather, cedar and cocoa powder. Some earthiness in the finish and ripe soft tannins.
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.5 %TA: 5.6
Bottle size
750 ml
Serving SuggestionsPasta with meat sauces, stews, grilled meats and mid-aged cheeses.