2016 Mazzei Siepi Castello di Fonterutoli (750ml)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

B-21 Top Recommendation
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The Mazzei family is among the stalwarts of Tuscan wine with a bloodline seeping well into the Middle Ages, as do those of the Ricasoli, Frescobaldi and Antinori families. Standing in the reception hall of the Mazzei winery Castello di Fonterutoli, a fresco of the Mazzei family tree looms large – 24 generation pedigree dating to the 1200s.

It was Ser Lapo Mazzei (1350-1412), winemaker and notary who is accredited with the first reference to the name "Chianti" as recorded on an invoice to a wine nearby wine merchant.

It was Filippo Mazzei (1730-1816) a progressive political thinker, doctor, and scholar who befriended Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. He transported Tuscan rootstocks to Virginia at the request of Jefferson. In his letters to Jefferson, Fillipo provided the inspiration for the words "All men are created equal." Jefferson of course authored the Declaration of Independence.

The family continues the traditions of Tuscany, its wine, they are inextricably linked, but ever evolving. The remarkable success of international varietals planted in Tuscany during the past 40 years has certainly created diversity in offerings, styles, and a new way of thinking among the Mazzei family and throughout the region.


What a beautiful nose of elderberries, freshly picked blackcurrants, citrus, herbs, licorice and crushed stones, amidst a backdrop of coffee beans, cedar and vanilla. Full-bodied and very subtle and refined with tightly wound tannins and an impressive balance of fruit and acidity. Long, grainy and elegant on the finish. A masterpiece. Drink in 2020.

98 points, James Suckling (Sep 2018)

A blend of Merlot and Sangiovese in equal parts, the 2016 Siepi is a luscious and soft wine that oozes forth with dark berry intensity. The fruit is compact and dense. This wine performs beautifully in terms of aromas, but the mouthfeel is especially fine-tuned and elegant in this classic vintage. Dark fruit is followed by spice, tar, rose bud and sharp mineral nuances that recall the gravel and limestone-rich soils of Chianti Classico. This is perhaps the best vintage of Siepi I have tasted thus far.

96 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # 239 - Oct 2018)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
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