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This wine is dedicated to the family’s most notable ancestor, Philip Mazzei (1730-1816), an illustrious political thinker, philosopher, and winemaker. A close friend of Thomas Jefferson, he planted the first vineyards at Jefferson’s estate in Monticello, VA. Philip’s political writings were influential to the soon-to-be president, particularly on matters of equality. Philip advocated that “all men are by nature equally free and independent,” which later served as an inspiration for the writing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. In his honor, the Mazzei’s developed Philip, a Cabernet Sauvignon made from a blend of grapes grown at Castello di Fonterutoli and Belguardo, their two estates in Tuscany.
For 26 generations, the Mazzei family has been producing benchmark Italian wines from their historic Castello di Fonterutoli estate in Tuscany and more recently in the Maremma, Sicily, and the Veneto. The passion, commitment, and expertise that goes into these expressive wines are a reflection of the Mazzei’s spirit of innovation and respect for each property’s unique terroir.
Aging: 18 months in French and American oak barrels (30% new).
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep, dark purple in color. On the nose, intriguing black cherry, balsamic herbs, coffee, and lightly toasted oak. Harmonious flavors of dark fruit, dried flowers, chocolate, and vanilla. Exotic, complex character, full-bodied with polished tannins.
Philip Mazzei (1730-1816) was a contemporary of Thomas Jefferson and the two men reportedly exchanged grape-growing know-how and experiences. The 2013 Philip is dedicated to this family ancestor and represents a pure expression of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is dark and penetrating with evident oak notes, spice tobacco, and dark chocolate. It shows dark consistency and rich concentration. ~94RP
The 2013 Philip is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Mazzei family's holdings in both Chianti Classico and Maremma. Dark, sensual, and inviting, the 2013 possesses terrific balance and integrity throughout. Black cherry, menthol, licorice, herbs, and dark spices blossom into the creamy, expansive finish. It would be nice to see a little more varietal character. Still, this is very well done. ~92TP
A red with blueberry and vanilla aromas and flavors. Medium body, soft tannins, and a flavorful finish. Give it a year or two to come together better. ~92JS
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