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2015 Mazzei Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione

ITEM 8236928 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
Arthur 3 $35 $105
3 $35
Item Sold Amount Date
I8236928 3 $35 May 22, 2022
I8142545 3 $36 Mar 20, 2022
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RATINGS

96James Suckling

Dried violets and lavender, cedar, cloves, vanilla and tobacco. Full body with ripe and chewy tannins...remains focused and dialed-in thanks to mouthwatering acidity. Not to mention beautiful blue fruit that comes to the surface, particularly on the long finish.

94The Wine Advocate

...mid-weight texture. There is ample muscle and power here, but the overall emphasis is on grace and elegance. You really taste those authentic Sangiovese flavors of wild cherry, forest berry, blue flower and crushed rock.

93Wine Spectator

Pretty cherry fruit forms the core of this elegant red, with vivid acidity and refined tannins lifting all the elements. Graphite, leather, tobacco and earth notes lend complexity as this expands on the long, resonant finish.

93Vinous / IWC

Super-ripe red berry fruit, mint, pomegranate and floral overtones are all laced together in a lifted, gracious Chianti Classico...incredibly harmonious. Creamy and expansive on the palate, with striking textural resonance...a winner.

16.5Jancis Robinson

Savoury... Sweet and ripe fruit tempered by a refreshing dose of acidity. Supple and accessible and with real zest.

PRODUCER

Mazzei

Mazzei has roots that stretch back to 14the century Tuscany, when the Mazzei family of landowners and merchants established agricultural businesses, including winemaking. Today, 24 generations later, the Mazzei family still runs the company which now owns three estates. Along with the original estate in Chianti, Castello di Fonterutoli, the Mazzei family owns Belguardo in Maremma and Zisola in Sicily. In Tuscany Mazzei makes Chianti and Sangiovese blends.

REGION

Italy, Tuscany, Chianti Classico

Chianti is Tuscany’s most famous and historic wine district, and the Chianti Classico DOCG is the most prestigious Chianti appellation. Fittingly, it is located in the heart of the larger Chianti DOCG. Chianti’s wines were so esteemed during the Renaissance that the Medici princes of Florence designated several villages within the Chianti region as discrete production zones, setting up the first appellations in Italy. By the 20th century Chianti was Italy’s primary wine export. But the pizza parlor Chiantis sent to foreign markets were inexpensive, unremarkable reds presented in round-bottomed, straw-covered bottles. To upgrade Chianti wines and the region’s image, the Chianti Classico DOC was created in 1967, then upgraded to DOCG status in 1984, with additional modifications made in 1996. In the last 20 years a consortium of Chianti Classico producers have researched new Sangiovese clones, replanted vineyards, updated cellar practices and generally made Chianti Classico DOCG a world-class appellation. Chianti Classico must contain a minimum of 75% Sangiovese. In the 2014 edition of its annual compendium of wine ratings, Gambero Rosso noted that Chianti Classico DOCG wines were noteworthy for their “significant return to a more defined style, true to tradition.”

TYPE

Red Wine, Sangiovese, D.O.C.G.

This red grape is largely grown in central Italy. As the sole component or in a blend, it gives us Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino and Super Tuscans, among other favorites wines. The name is derived from the Latin for “blood of Jove.”