Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2015 | Power & Elegance
With this outstanding Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2015, the Mazzei family celebrate their notable ancestor Ser Lapo, author of the first official document mentioning “Chianti wine” (December 16th, 1398). Ruby red color with violet nuances. On the nose, bright aromas of fresh cherries mingle with notes of thyme and a subtle smoky character. Bright acid structure providing a lively quality. Cranberry, raspberry, and red cherry dominate with hints of leather, cedar, and cocoa powder. Some earthiness in the finish and ripe soft tannins.
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92 RP| Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2015 shows both the power and the elegance of this classic vintage. The warm 2015 growing season usually delivers plump, succulent and exuberant Tuscan reds, and you get all those attributes here. However, the bouquet is very focused and chiseled with sharp cherry, cranberry, and dark plum aromas. Dark spice pressed rose and potting soil are also protagonists of the genuine and straight-shooting bouquet.
95JS | There are cedar and tobacco here, but it’s backed up with lovely, fresh wild strawberries, raspberry cheesecake, and redcurrants. Full body, polished tannins, and beautifully linear acidity. Finishes long and elegantly. Drink now. Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2013 is very elegant and refined.
Ser Lapo Mazzei – the origins of Chianti
The first documented reference to Chianti as a production region is found in correspondence from 16 December 1398. Documented most noteworthy between Ser Lapo Mazzei “the keen notary” and Francesco Datini, “the merchant from Prato”.
A long-lasting bond unites the Mazzei family with Tuscany and wines since the XI century.
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Ser Lapo Mazzei is the author of the first known document to use the “Chianti” denomination in 1398; in 1435, when his granddaughter Madonna Smeralda Mazzei married Piero di Agnolo da Fonterutoli, the holding became part of the family’s estate. Since then, for 24 generations, the Mazzei family produces wine at Castello di Fonterutoli. Which even after its recent expansion still remains the beating heart of the company.
Mazzei family – Our past is our future
Since more than six hundred years, the Mazzei family produces unique wines with spirit and passion renewed from generation to generation.
At Fonterutoli, as well as at Belguardo and Zisola, resides the same philosophy that aims to promote local vine varieties. Most of all as an expression of the identity of the region, in respect of diversity and nature. In addition, via sustainable agriculture and improvements mindful of the delicate hydro-geologic balance. Hence, to prevent soil erosion and maximize water reserves in the region. As a result, being able to hand the land intact to future generations.