This is a tale of a legacy that began in the Middle Ages. In 1398, the first-known reference to Chianti wine appeared on a scribed purchase order for six barrels of “Chianti” to be supplied by a notable wine merchant, Ser Lapo Mazzei to a private buyer.
Through the ages, the Mazzei family continued its deep involvement in the wine trade, and has produced some of the finest wines from estate vineyards throughout Tuscany. In the 18th Century, Philip Mazzei traveled to Monticello, Virginia, and befriended Thomas Jefferson, who was also passionate about wine. Philip is in fact credited with some of the language that appeared in drafts of the Declaration of Independence.
Wine is intimately connected to history, and finds itself at the nexus of many sciences, art, economics, and politics. It is ethereal through media and aspects of culture, as is wine diverse unto itself. Mazzei wines are uniquely tied to rich historical moments, and it is in part why our acquisition of the following bottle is even more exciting.
Mazzei 2011 Belguardo Serrata Maremma Toscana
Dry; High acidity; Medium-full body. Firm, structured tannin with a long, spiced finish. Aromas of cherry blossom, hibiscus, sun dried tomato, acacia honey, prune, coriander, roasted pepper, and ink. Flavors of dried cherry, sour plum, crab apple, green tea, oregano oil, and sea salt. Outstanding quality.
Specifications: From Maremma Toscana IGP, Italy. A blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Alicante, aged for 12 months in small oak barrels. 13.5% alcohol.
Somm tip: Sediment present. Decant carefully before serving.
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