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“Chianti is easily some of the best and worst of Italian wines - fortunately, at the Wine House, we only discuss the really good kind of Chianti. Personally, I love Chianti, and I am so happy to see a major comeback and not just from the top producers! The Chianti region has been making some of the world’s finest wines for years and, thankfully, there has been a change in how the region's wines are perceived, including the public's renewed adoration of these brilliant wines.

Castello di Fonterutoli has long been one of the most important producers in Tuscany. Owned by the Mazzei family since the fifteenth century, Castello di Fonterutoli has had a few years to perfect their Chianti. With the 97 point 2016 Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Riserva "Ser Lapo,” the estate has easily produced their finest wine ever, a Chianti that resonates with tradition yet benefits from its modernity. The 2016 vintage is unrivaled and while this year, more than ever before, we have seen some brilliant examples of Chianti, this Ser Lapo Riserva ranks among the top and it is the highest scoring Ser Lapo ever.

This is the Wine House’s final drop of this 2016 Chianti Riserva; we have only 360 bottles and priced at only $25.99, we expect this wine to sell out today. Chianti has been, and is again, the backbone of Italian wines, and this wine is a fantastic example as to why Chiantis are back on top. Drink well and stay healthy.Lance Montalto, The Wine House

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2016 Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo
97 Points Decanter
95 Points James Suckling
94 Points Wine Spectator

Release Price: $33
Wine House: $25.99
97 Points: This is delicious! Finds a good gear and runs with it through to a lengthy finish. Seductive cherry, graphite, sweet spice and red forest fruit aromas flow onto a beautifully harmonious and complex palate, conveying a tender texture of dark cherry and plummy fruit that’s carried by perfectly pitched tannins. The flavors linger long in the mouth. It will make many red wine devotees swoon.” – Panel tasting, Decanter (DWWA 2019)

95 Points: “Bright aromas of sliced cherries and hints of strawberries with some orange peel. Full body and super fine and ripe tannins. They melt into the wine. Delicate yet energetic. Crisp finish.” – James Suckling (November 2019)

94 Points: A vibrant yet brooding red, with bracing acidity driving the cherry, currant, iron, tobacco and almond flavors. Complex and intense, this needs a few years to absorb the tannins. Delivers fine presence and length. Sangiovese and Merlot. Best from 2022 through 2043.” – Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (December 2019)


Winemaker Notes
With this outstanding Chianti Classico Riserva, the Marquis Mazzei celebrate their notable ancestor Ser Lapo, author of the first official document mentioning “Chianti wine”. 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.

Food pairings: include pasta with game sauce, stews, grilled red meats, and mid-aged cheeses.

Blend: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot

About Fonterutoli
The hamlet of Fonterutoli, an old bastion of Florence only a few kilometers from Castellina in Chianti, is blessed with an extraordinary view of Siena, which is so close that it is possible to discern the Torre del Mangia and the outline of the Duomo.
The centuries-old ownership of Marchesi Mazzei has preserved the handful of houses, the church of San Miniato, and the villa erected at the end of the 1500's in place of the citadel, more or less unchanged. Time stopped here, maintaining the charm of the Middle Ages

The black rooster legens leads to Fonterutoli
In 1202 and 1208 Fonterutoli was the location of two peace treaties between Florence and Siena, when the territory of Chianti was ceded to Florence. A popular legend tells a funny story: At the beginning of the XIII century the two cities, worn by the war over Chianti, decided to assign the definition of the border to the meeting point between two knights each coming from their city at cockcrow. The Florentines relied on a black rooster, which having been left without food crowed well before daybreak, allowing the knight from Florence to start with a great advantage and travel a long way before meeting precisely at Fonterutoli, almost within sight of Siena.
Florence brought its border to Fonterutoli on the line of Castellina, Radda, and Gaiole, and established the Military and Administrative Alliance of Chianti, choosing the Black Rooster as its shield.

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- You will receive 2 emails. The first will acknowledge receipt of your order and the second will let you know that your order is ready for pickup.

2) Please reply to the second email to tell us you want curbside pickup. IMPORTANT: If you have multiple orders to consolidate, please let us know as we will need extra time to get those to the front of the store!
- We will prepare your order(s), move them to the front of the store and send you a confirmation email that curbside pickup is ready.

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- We will put your order(s) in your vehicle. There is no need to step out of your vehicle.

Due to the large number of phone calls we have been receiving and the time it takes to consolidate orders, please reply to the email letting you know that your wine is ready for pickup and give us time stage and consolidate your order(s). There is no need to phone the store to arrange curbside pickup.


The Wine House
2311 Cotner Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90064-1877

310.479.3731 or 800.626.9463

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