Color - Deep, dark purple
Bouquet - Intriguing black cherry, balsamic herbs, coffee and lightly toasted oak
Taste - Harmonious flavors of dark fruit, dried flowers, chocolate and vanilla. Exotic, complex character, full bodied with polished, velvety tannins, and a long, smooth finish.
Wine Spectator 91 points - Toasty oak frames cherry and wild herb flavors in this juicy red. Dense and tightly structured, echoing oak spice details on the long finish. Shows fine balance overall. Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2015 through 2024. 1,700 cases made.-BS
(Aug 31 2014)
Wine Advocate 93 points - A pure expression of Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2009 Philip does a great job of capturing the power and intensity of the vintage. This lovely expression is infused with dark cherry and oak spice that wrap softly over the palate. The quality of tannin is also nicely evolved at this point with silky finishes and a firm sense of presence and weight in the mouth. (Oct 2014)
Philip is an extraordinary wine created to both honor the great ancestor Philip Mazzei - a passionate grape grower, forward thinker and citizen of the world - and highlight the Mazzei family’s special connection to the United States. Philip is blend of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon grapes selected from all the Mazzei’s Tuscan estates.
|Wine maker notes
|This wine truly represents the different faces of contemporary Tuscan winemaking.
It brings together the fragrance and elegance of wines produced in the traditional area of Chianti Classico, with the opulence and power of wines from the more recently discovered Maremma region.
|Grape Varieties - 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
The grapes are hand harvested from the Mazzei Tuscan estates. Belguardo Estate, in the coastal hills of Maremma, has sandstone, rocky soils, rich in iron and manganese; the 14 year old vines were harvested on September 16th . Castello di Fonterutoli, in Chianti Classico, has limestone soils of medium texture, rocky and rich in calcium; the vines, between 10 and 14 years of age, were picked on October 7th. The lots are fermented separately between 82-86 degrees F. Aging is also done separately. The Cabernet from Belguardo gives the wine a mineral character, elegance and finesse, while the Cabernet from Fonterutoli lends aromatic complexity, depth of color and a powerful structure.
Aging: 24 months in small French and American oak barrels (500 liters) with 30% new oak.