The pioneering Mazzei family, owners of Chianti Classico's highly esteemed Castello di Fonterutoli, took the helm at the Belguardo estate in Maremma, Tuscany in the 1990s after recognizing the potential for superb quality winemaking in the local terroir. In the years since, the Mazzeis have established a name for Belguardo among the top producers in this exciting, fast emerging wine region.
Hand harvested grapes undergo temperature-controlled fermentation and maceration for 16-18 days. The resulting wine matures for 12 months in French and American barriques, 30% of which are new.
Ruby red in color, and aromatic, with scents of ripe cherries, raspberries and vanilla. Full-bodied, soft and well structured, with flavors of wild berries, spice and herbs.
"This edgy, almost sanguine blend is grown in a rocky mix of limestone and sandstone soils on the coast near Grosseto. While the wine's naturally brisk acidity shows the cooling influence of the coastal air, what's most striking is the savory, elegant feel of the tannins. At once powerfully mineral and smooth, they frame deep flavors of dried porcini, ripe cherry and fresh sage in a way that feels vibrant and firm. The complexity is here to age this for a decade, although it would be irresistible now with roast leg of lamb."
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Best Buy 94/100
As super tuscans go this one is soft on the pallet, smooth, and pleasing in flavor, but something is missing from wine (Merlot?)complementing the sangiovanese, so it's no 94, which should knock your socks off, maybe a 90
The alicante gives a unique aroma to the sangiovese, but not over powering. Nice balance & dryness on the palate though we did decante it for about 1 or 2 hrs. Probably would've been a little raw if not decanted. Nice with a heavy steak with spice. Pretty good value for the $19/bottle. I may be bias as it seemed a little port like on the nose, which bothered me a little though I enjoyed it since it wasn't over powering... though that's all I could think about... and a field of flowers.
nice nose, smooth finish. Great with pork tenderloin. Preferred it to the $40 chianti we drank the same night.
Excellent Sangiovese blend, phenomenal value, worth at least 2 or 3 times its $19 price tag. Very nice spicy, dry-fruit aroma with a long, slow, oakey finish. Would not give it a 94 today (a solid 90), but maybe after several more years in the bottle.
ripe cherries, powerfull but smooth. went great with steak and ribs.
Loved this wine. I would buy this one again!! No tasting notes.
I really enjoyed this wine and it was a great value. Wonderfully aromatic of dark cherry and prune, smooth texture with rich tannin, and a delightful balance of mineral notes and dark berries.
excellent quality/price ratio
Cherries, cherries, cherries. These come through loud and clear from the first sip. The sage is very apparent and the tannin chase lovely. Smooth across your palate.
We had this wine with dinner after two good but lessor quality Italian reds. I have had many more expensive wines that did not deliver as much as this one, loved it.
I loved the bold taste and finish of this wine. We will certainly include this on our list of favorites.
i dont know much about wine but this was pretty tasty served along steak + aspargus and it was sooo delicious when i made it into a sauce with some sugar, cinnamon stick, lemon peel + pepper corn to poach peaches in for dessert.
Very smooth, excellent drinking wine.
A very good Tuscany wine. However, very heavy, must decant for an hour before drinking.