James Suckling 94
Black cherry, bark and earth on the nose with some dark-mushroom character. Its full-bodied with very soft tannins and a juicy, savory finish. Wet-earth and forest-floor character comes through nicely at the finish. Drink or hold.~J.S.
Wine Spector 93
“Featuring black cherry, blueberry, mint, iron and Tuscan scrub flavors, this solid red is built for aging, with ripe fruit returning on the long finish. All the components are there—this just needs time. Sangiovese and Merlot. Best from 2024 through 2040.”~B.S.
Vinous Media 92
“The 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo is a powerful, wild wine. Crushed flowers, game, herbs and licorice notes give the 2018 its distinctly savory, earthy personality. Brooding in feel, the 2018 will benefit from a few years in bottle. Most of this fruit comes from Mazzei's Caggio property, the site that informs the new Ipsus wine. In my view, Ser Lapo is the hidden gem in the Mazzei range, and the wine I would most like to drink, if forced to chose just one Chianti Classico in the lineup.”~A.G.
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The history of the Mazzei family is closely woven into Tuscany's winemaking history, as well as this venerated region's political and cultural past. The first recorded mention of the Mazzei family – originally from the winemaking area of Carmignano – was noted in documents traced back to the early 11th century.
Today, after nearly six centuries, the Mazzei family (under the guidance of Lapo Mazzei, with the help of his sons, Filippo and Francesco), remains devoted to winemaking, with an eye towards innovation and an abiding respect for the land.
A rich history combined with consistently high quality winemaking over centuries has made the Mazzei family like none other and one of Italy's most renowned and respected wine producers.
The history of the Mazzei family is closely woven into Tuscany's winemaking history, as well as this venerated region's political and cultural past.
ABOUT THE WINERY
The spectacular Fonterutoli hamlet – which includes a cluster of houses, the church of San Miniato and the 16th century family villa – today comprises 470 hectares, of which 79 hectares are devoted to four distinct vineyard sites: Fonterutoli, Siepi, Badiola and Belvedere. The Sangiovese grape finds itself particularly at home in these four areas, which are planted at altitudes varying between 750 and 1,640 feet above sea level, at south and southwest exposure. The rocky limestone and sandstone soil structure, high density planting (7,000 plants per hectare) and low yields of less than 40 hectoliters per hectare result in the production of complex, elegant and powerful Sangiovese wines.
Mazzei is considered by many to be the definitive wine producer in the Chianti Classico region, and indeed one of the most prestigious in all Italy. The family produces highly sought-after, critically acclaimed wines from their estate vineyards, each an exclusive and elegant expression of its terroir, and history including the icon family wine, Siepi IGT Toscana - a single vineyard Sangiovese-Merlot blend and Philip – dedicated to the American Patriot Philip Mazzei, and Castello di Fonterutoli.
Located just 30 miles south of Florence and less than 8 miles north of Siena, Fonterutoli is the perfect choice for a day visit or a longer, relaxing vacation retreat. Just off the hamlet's main square, a handful of charming guest accommodations are available for rental; each is furnished in elegant Tuscan country style, and adorned with pieces from the family's personal collection of paintings and antiques.
Guests can stroll the cobbled streets and soak in the extraordinary landscape of this quaint village set against a backdrop of rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves. Exquisite dining at Osteria di Fonterutoli enables guests to experience the finest in Tuscan cuisine made from fresh local ingredients while overlooking the vineyards. At Enoteca di Fonterutoli, guided tours of the estate and tastings are available by appointment.