Mazzei Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva 2016 - The Grape Tray

Mazzei Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva 2016

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Mazzei Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva 2016


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Winemaker Notes :

With this outstanding Chianti Classico Riserva, the Marquis Mazzei celebrate their notable ancestor Ser Lapo, author of the first official document mentioning “Chianti wine”. Ruby red color with violet nuances. On the nose, bright aromas of fresh cherries mingle with notes of thyme and a subtle smoky character. Bright 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.

Food pairings include pasta with game sauce, stews, grilled red meats, and mid-aged cheeses. 

Blend: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot

Category Red Wine
Region Italy, Tuscany, Chianti Classico
Brand Mazzei
Alcohol/vol 13%
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James SucklingBright 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.

August 19, 2019
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Wine SpectatorA 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.

Bruce Sanderson, December 15, 2019
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Wine AdvocateHere'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.

Monica Larner, September 19, 2019