SER LAPO CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA DOCG

2016 Italy Tuscany
91 Points

YEAR'S BEST CHIANTI CLASSICO; Flavors of cherry, licorice and spice take on savory notes as this wine sits in the glass. The fruit (sangiovese with ten percent unnamed varieties) comes from the Fonterutoli estate in Castellina in Chianti, and the wine aged for one year in French oak barriques and tonneaux, half of which were new. Its dark and meaty flavors are a match for pasta in a rich ragù. - S.J.

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Wine & Spirits APRIL 2020
SER LAPO CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA DOCG

CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA GRAN SELEZIONE DOCG

2016 Italy Tuscany
93 Points

YEAR'S BEST CHIANTI CLASSICO; The Mazzei family selects grapes for this wine (sangiovese with eight percent malvasia nera and colorino) from the 50 best parcels at the Fonterutoli estate, and ages the wine for 20 months in French oak barriques and tonneaux (60 percent new). The wine shows flavors of ripe black cherry leavened by notes of toasted nuts, tobacco and porcini mushrooms, the darkness of the flavors creating a warm, cozy impression that suggests a pairing with a hearty beef stew. - S.J.

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CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA GRAN SELEZIONE DOCG

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG

2012 Italy Tuscany
90 Points

The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino offers an authentic interpretation of this celebrated appellation in southern Tuscany. The bouquet is rich and sophisticated with candied cherry, dried currant and spice... Varietal aromas of moist earth, button mushroom, grilled herb and blue flower ultimately add to the wine's timid complexity. Give this wine two or three years to flesh out. - M.L.

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Wine Advocate FEBRUARY 2017
BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG

2012 Italy Tuscany
96 Points

...Fragrant berry aromas with hints of tarragon and black pepper, ceding to a rounded palate with full, chunky fruit, while lithe tannins should ensure a promising future. SH: Soft, creamy sweet-oak spice aromas lead to a powerful yet uniform palate of cherry fruit, with a long-lingering finish... All the elements complement each other beautifully. Drinking Window 2020 - 2029 - S.H.

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Decanter NOVEMBER 2017
BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG