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2016 Marchesi Mazzei Chianti Classico Ser Lapo Riserva


  • Italy
  • Tuscany
  • Chianti
  • Chianti Classico DOCG

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Community Tasting Note

  • red freddy wrote: 87 points

    May 2, 2020 - Opened and served with Spaghetti & Meatballs, along with a 2016 Kirkland Signature Chianti Classico Riserva (DOCG) in a comparison tasting.

    Kirkland Italian Chianti ($10) - 86 pts
    Clear Ruby Red in the glass, Cherries/blackberry on the nose. Medium Tannin with lingering somewhat astringent finish, but not quite as astringent as the Ser Lapo.

    Ser Lapo Reserva ($24) - 87 points
    Clear Ruby Red in the glass, Cherries on the nose carrying over to the palate. Light-bodied, seemed 'thinner,' but at the same time more earthy and astringent than the Kirkland.

    Compared both Chianti's again with Spaghetti Bolognese. Both had smoothed out somewhat, but the Ser Lapo was just a little more astringent. While both were good, I wasn't sufficiently impressed to hurry on out to buy more of either, especially at $24 for the Ser Lapo.

    There was quite a bit of sediment in the Ser Lapo, which is another reason to decant before drinking.

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  • srh commented:

    8/14/21, 11:36 AM - TY for ALL your toil in documenting your comparison of these 2 wines! 🙂 SHOULD you be interested, you can peruse info for this vintage at your leisure. 😉

  • red freddy commented:

    8/14/21, 1:49 PM - Thanks for the article srh. I had a nagging suspicion at the time that I may have (way) underevaluated the 'Ser Lapo.' (I had purchased to give to a neighbor but decided to try it instead - same neighbor who, when I was telling him about the benefits of CellarTracker said: "Fred!!! We're Italian, a bottle of wine doesn't stick around our house LONG enough to be tracked!")

    Anyway, since my review another (oenophile) neighbor has given me several samples of 'better' wines to try, single-handedly upgrading my taste 🙂 (and cost 😉) in wines.

    Happily, I have one bottle of 'Ser Lapo remaining that I'll be looking forward to sampling again.

    btw: I recently tried a 2015 Azelia Barolo that I found a little difficult to appreciate. Is there some article on Azelia?

  • srh commented:

    8/14/21, 3:53 PM - You're VERY welcome for the info, Fred, & thank YOU for your time in making this response! 🙂 As for Azelia, I just finished entering a response to your TN for that wine. 😉

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