2011 Mazzei "Philip" Cabernet Sauvignon Toscano (Elsewhere $48)

SKU #1286974 93 points James Suckling

 Gorgeous aromas of blueberries, blackberries and cherries with hints of flowers follow through to a full body, firm and silky tannins and a citrusy finish. Very tangy and lively. Drink now or hold.  (8/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Philip is a wine with an American spirit. The front label depicts family ancestor Philip Mazzei (1730-1816) but his white wig and demeanor is very reminiscent of the United States founding fathers. The wine is based on Cabernet Sauvignon (with some Cabernet Franc). It offers surprisingly soft and luscious tannins with a bouquet that is enhanced with dark berry and sweet spice. (ML)  (10/2015)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/1/2017 | Send Email
This is a unique wine; first it was made to honor Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Viticulturalist Philip Mazzei an ancestor to the current day proprietors of Castello di Fonterutoli. Secondly it is a blend of grapes from two different properties, the Mazzei Family Belguardo estate along the Tuscan coast and their home property the Castello di Fonterutoli in Chianti Classico. Lastly the winery has used exclusively tonneaux to age the wine rather than the smaller barrique, allowing the real character of the grapes, soil and climate to be the dominate character rather than the barrel. I love the nose of this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon it is warm and full, waves of ripe cassis aromatics just flow out of the glass. As this supple wine smoothly rolls across your palate layers of flavors come forth, bold cassis fruit steps forward followed by hints of leather spiced with a bit of earth, wild herbs and smoke. The finish slowly rolls across your palate leaving a warm richness; the wine isn’t “hot” at all it is just warming, just what you need for these cold winter nights. This wine is very drinkable now but can still age for another 15 years. I’m smelling braised beef on a bed of polenta with some wild mushrooms for this baby, or if you’re grilling a T-Bone….let me know.
Drink from 2017 to 2031

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.


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Super Tuscan