2012 Marchesi Mazzei Philip 6.00L
2012 Marchesi Mazzei Philip 6.00L This 2012 wine is dedicated to Philip Mazzei (1730-1816), an illustrious ancestor of the family’s, passionate grape grower, political thinker, and “citizen of the world”. Made with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon selected from all the Mazzei’s estates, Philip is the quintessence of Tuscany. It embodies the “New World” spirit of Tuscan Italy winemaking, best represents the “revolutionary” character of Philip Mazzei, and expresses our desire to pursue happiness. Full, ripe and intriguing body. Long taste with pleasant and fresh aftertaste. Pair with game stews, aged and blue cheese, or spicy food.
A long lasting bond unites the Mazzei family with Tuscany and wines since the XI century. 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.
The first documented reference to Chianti as a production region is found in correspondence from 16 December 1398 between Ser Lapo Mazzei “the keen notary” and Francesco Datini, “the merchant from Prato”. “Payable, on 16 December (1398), 3 florins 26 pennies 8 dinars to Piero di Tino Riccio, for 6 barrels of wine from Chianti …said produce paid by credit letter of Ser Lapo Mazzei”. In their exchanges these two wonderful characters were discussing the deals of the time, the pleasures of life, and obviously the wine, of which Ser Lapo was a great fan and connoisseur.