2017 Mazzei Siepi (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.


The 2017 Siepi is a total knock-out and one of the best recent vintages I can remember tasting. All the elements simply fall into place. Succulent dark cherry, spice, chocolate, leather and licorice build as the 2017 gains volume in the glass. Sangiovese and Merlot have rarely been so complementary. The 2017 is a gorgeous wine that offers plenty of the richness readers have become accustomed to over the years, but in a slightly less extracted style.

96 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Sep 2020)

The polish and finesse to this gorgeous, rich wine is really impressive with a full-bodied, dense and layered palate and a soft, caressingly textured finish. The chocolate, berry and hazelnut character is all integrated beautifully. Give this time to acquire some refinement. Try after 2023 and onwards.

95 points, James Suckling (Jul 2020)

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in a special commemorative bottle, the 2017 Siepi is a beautifully rich ensemble of Sangiovese and Merlot. The hot and dry vintage has pushed both varieties to extra ripeness and darkness—the hallmarks of the vintage. The bouquet is articulate and intense with black fruit, dried blackberry, cherry, spice, earth and toasted almond. There is abundant richness on the nose, but the palate is actually shorter and more streamlined than expected. Siepi is an exceptional vineyard site perched on its own little plateau that is drenched in golden sunlight.

94 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Aug 2020)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
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