Mazzei ''Ser Lapo'' Chianti Classico Riserva 2016

  • Type: Red
  • Producer: Mazzei
  • Varietal: Sangiovese
  • Country: Italy
  • Region: Tuscany
  • Size: F - 750 ml
  • Bin: D9597
Special Price $29.95 Regular Price $31.95
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Mazzei ''Ser Lapo'' Chianti Classico Riserva 2016 is available to buy in increments of 1

Fresh, tannic, with aroma of berries, strong structure, earthy and intense taste.

- Winemaker's notes

95 pts James Suckling

Bright aromas of sliced cherries and hints of strawberries with some orange peel. Full body and super fine and ripe tannins. They melt into the wine. Delicate yet energetic. Crisp finish. Drink now.

94 pts Wine Spectator

A vibrant yet brooding red, with bracing acidity driving the cherry, currant, iron, tobacco and almond flavors. Complex and intense, this needs a few years to absorb the tannins. Delivers fine presence and length. Sangiovese and Merlot. Best from 2022 through 2043. 10,000 cases made, 1,500 cases imported.

92+ pts Wine Advocate

Here's a terrific wine, at a reasonable price point, that gives you an authentic albeit contemporary taste of Tuscany. The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo (made with 90% Sangiovese and 10% other red varieties including Merlot) reflects the best qualities of this classic vintage with sharp lines, good freshness and delineated contours. The wine shows a tight core of black fruit surrounded by softer layers of spice and smoke at the edges. Some 175,000 bottles were made.

91 pts Vinous

The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo is bold, rich and full of energy. Super-ripe red cherry, kirsch, wild flowers, mint, blood orange and spice all run through the 2016. Bright acids keep the flavors bright, with all of the juiciness that is such a Fonterutoli signature very much front and center.

"A Vibrant, Yet Brooding Red"

94 Points Wine Spectator

For 26 generations, the Mazzei family has been producing benchmark Italian wines from their historic Castello di Fonterutoli estate in Chianti Classico. If you’re looking for a reliable red for weeknight dinners at home, this superb bottling should be at the top of your wine shopping list. Chianti Classico, with its high acidity and firm tannins, is not necessarily showy on its own. But pair it alongside tomato sauce, pizza, all types of protein, cheese and pasta, and your taste buds will witness Chianti Classico’s magical ability to amplify the flavor of a dish, taking on new dimension for both the food and the wine. The 2016 vintage yielded wines that are truly exceptional and delicious.  They are highly aromatic, with velvety tannins and richly layered fruit. You’ll find a core of red cherry fruit, along with earth and dried herbs, and a racy finish that tees up the palate for the next bite. For the home cook, having Chianti Classico on hand is just about as essential as having salt and pepper at the ready. Wine Spectator ranked this bottling at 94 points calling it, “A vibrant yet brooding red, with bracing acidity driving the cherry, currant, iron, tobacco and almond flavors.” We rarely see a Chianti Classico Riserva checking in under $20 - You won’t be sorry for stocking up on this one!

Fun Fact

The Fonterutoli estate’s Chianti Classico Riserva is dedicated to the Mazzei family’s notable ancestor, “Ser Lapo,” vigneron, merchant and author of the first official document mentioning “Chianti wine” on December 16th, 1398.