(2003 Vintage) The grapes were hand picked on September 30th and underwent a temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
Mazzei Dear Friends, Sometimes it pays to wait. This was going to be Mystery Wine #41 but quantities are too small to give it the official moniker - what stays the same is a deal that is now among the finest of the year. Here’s an example of a coddled Super Tuscan that continues to get better with age and, incredulously, the price keeps going down. What was once frightfully expensive is now so reasonable for the quality, it deserves a major offer. Why the cut-rate tariff? Vintage. Like so many factors in US wine buying, when a vintage receives a bad rap form the general public, there’s almost no chance it will survive in the market...especially at the $50-100 level (see 2003 Bordeaux a few years from now when they will be tough to give away compared to their similarly styled but mostly superior 2009 counterparts). The problem with this “all or nothing” philosophy is that many good wines are produced in any vintage (regardless of preconception) and today's offer represents one of them. From the family that brings you Fonterutoli in Chianti Classico, their foray into the Tuscan coastal area has proven to be a mixed blessing. The Belguardo “Mazzei Belguardo” was supposed to be an even higher-end wine than their Siepi but the jury is still out on its ability to command in excess of $60-70+ bottle. At $23+, the Belguardo becomes one of the top buys of the season. I’ve tasted this Cabernet dominant wine 2-3 times over the past year and time has been quite generous to its rough and tumble tannins - it’s in a perfect place to enjoy now and over the next several years as the palate has become more integrated and sophisticated but it still has a nice balance of tannin and fruit to cut through a Fiorentina. Is it the greatest wine in history? No, but it is so much better than a host of $50+ Super Tuscan wines that still require a decade in the cellar to enjoy. It’s safe to say, if you don’t like it (which would surprise me) someone you know most certainly will and they will think you invested a small fortune in their wine escapade. As I often say, your secret is safe with me... This is an original parcel with the finest provenance available. Community notes: http://www.cellartracker.com/list.asp?Table=Notes&szSearch=2003+tenuta+belguardo FIRST COME FIRST SERVED up to 24/person until we run out – this is the last of the vintage: 2003 Tenuta Belguardo Mazzei “Belguardo” - $23.81 (WA90)(WS91)(IWC/NR) (compare at $55-70+; this is not the Serrata or Morellino Poggio Bronzone - this is the high-end Mazzei Belguardo - their top wine)
amazing plum and dark fruit flavors, wet earth nose, deep purple color, mile long finish
- over 4 years