"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!
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.