As we transition into fall, it’s finally the season to open up big, earthy, and powerful reds, and Cabernet Sauvignon is a great place to start. Recently, I opened up a bottle of the Mazzei “Philip” Cabernet Sauvignon and was blown away by the combination of both old and new world characteristics. The Mazzei “Philip” is a 100 percent Cabernet blend from top vineyards in Chianti Classico and Maremma, Tuscany.
There is also a bit of history here as the Mazzei family have been in the wine business for almost 900 years. This particular wine is named after a family ancestor, Philip Mazzei, who was a close friend with Thomas Jefferson and most famously coined the phrase “all men are created equal”. Philip Mazzei was also very interested in wine and he partnered with Jefferson to introduce the first commercial vineyard to Virgina in the late 18th century.
Like Philip Mazzei, the “Philip” Cabernet is full of intensity and character. This full-bodied Cab shows lots of spice, dark cherries, and cedar on the nose with a great balance of black fruits, earth, and velvety tannins on the palate, closing with a beautiful, lingering finish. The most interesting aspect of this Cab is the blend of old and new world styles. The “Philip” Cabernet has fruit characteristics of a modern Cabernet but also the depth and earthy characteristics typical of legendary Tuscan wines. It’s this intriguing combination that will have you going back for more.
Stop by tonight, Friday, October 3, to taste the “Philip” Cab for yourself. You will not be disappointed!
2009 “Philip” Cabernet Sauvignon
Regular Price: $51.99
This Week Only: $45.99