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2016 Mazzei Tenuta Belguardo

ITEM 8238164 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased at retail

Bidder Amount Total
$40
Item Sold Amount Date
I8277752 1 $35 Jun 19, 2022
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RATINGS

94The Wine Advocate

...a terrific wine, both opulent and generous...adopts a playfully rich and contemporary style with plenty of southern Tuscan sunshine locked deep within the dark ripeness and softness of the fruit...delivers precision and balance throughout.

94James Suckling

...dark berries, blueberries and hints of walnuts. Full body, firm tannins and a polished and caressing finish.

93Wine Spectator

...saturated with fruit, exhibiting plum, cherry, earth, leather, sanguine and saline flavors. Dense with tannins, this leaves a mouthcoating yet fresh impression on the finish.

90+ Vinous / IWC

Dark cherry, mocha, menthol, licorice, spice and smoke give this dense Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc blend tons of character.

90Wine Enthusiast

...opens with aromas of mocha, ripe dark-skinned fruit and coconut. The concentrated palate shows toasted oak, roasted coffee bean and blackberry jam alongside firm, fine-grained tannins.

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, Maremma Toscana

Tuscany, or Toscana in Italian, is Italy’s best-known wine region and its most diverse. Historically Sangiovese was the primary grape grown in Tuscany and Chianti was considered the purest expression of Sangiovese. Sangiovese and its many clones are still important, and they are the grapes used for the Tuscan appellations of Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano, Chianti, Chianti Classico and Carmignano. But in the last 50 years innovative producers, many of them in southwestern Tuscany in the area called Maremma, have also planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The tradition defying producers have blended those varietals with Sangiovese to produce dazzling wines that do not conform to Italy’s appellation regulations. Such wines are called Super Tuscans and cannot be labeled with either of Italy’s highest level quality designations, which are in order of status Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantia, (DOCG), and Denominazione di Origine Controllata, (DOC). (This has not at all hindered the demand for Super Tuscans, some of which are consistently among the world’s most admired and well-reviewed wines.) Tuscany has six DOCG appellations and thirty-four DOCs. Though famous for its red wines, Tuscany also produces whites made primarily from Trebbiano and Vernaccia. There are also many Tuscan Indicazione Geographica Tipica (IGT) wines that are often an innovative blend of traditional and non-traditional grapes. This relatively new appellation status was started in 1992 as an attempt to give an official classification to Italy’s many newer blends that do fit the strict requirements of DOC and DOCG classifications. IGT wines may use the name of the region and varietal on their label or in their name.