Chianti is a wine region in central Tuscany, Italy. It is vastly rich in agriculture and boasts of a whopping seven wine sub-regions itself, each region clearly noted on Chianti wine labels. Mazzei Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva, is from the Classico sub-region of Chianti and is able to add ‘Riserva’ to its name as it has aged for the minimum of 2 years.  Mazzei is a family run wine business founded by Ser Lapo Mazzei (the namesake for the wine we’re writing about here) in 1398, and since its founding, 24 generations of Mazzei’s have produced wine at their glorious estate, Castello di Fonterutoli.  Unknown to many, the Mazzei’s have an impressive international history owed to their ancestor Phillip Mazzei said to be a good friend to Thomas Jefferson and the one he called to assess lands in Virginia for vine growing. Philip Mazzei was later commemorated by a US stamp made in his name in 1980.

Mazzei Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

On colour, the Mazzei Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva 2012 holds an intense ruby hue . On the nose, plum, vanilla, herb and strawberry are noted. On the palate, masculine but refined tannins are noted, coupled with plum, a sense of smokiness topped off with red berries. A blend of 80%

Mazzei Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva 2012 could be drunk now after breathing for a mere 20 minutes or it can be laid down in your cellar for another 5 to 10 years. If you end up picking up a bottle of this Chianti Classico, take note of the script at the top of the label. This is the receipt that marks Ser Lapo Mazzei as the first person to reference Chianti as a production region in 1398.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $23.95

We gave this wine a score of 4 out of 5