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San Felice Chianti Classico 2010

San Felice Chianti Classico 750ML 2010         
Sku: 8043

Agricola San Felice is steeped in local lore and history. Named after a local early Christian Saint from the 18th century, the property was bought by the Grisaldi Del Taja family who produced wine at the property for several centuries and were founding members of the Chianti Classico consortium. In 1968 the estate passed into the hands of the late Enzo Morganti. Before assuming control over the estate in 1968, Enzo Morganti established a reputation as a Tuscan wine pioneer having spent two decades researching and experimenting with Sangiovese clones at Tenuta di Lilliano. At San Felice, he restructured and transformed this venerable estate, concentrating on high quality winemaking, systematic scientific research and thoughtful vineyard purchases, which included the Campogiovanni vineyard in Montalcino in 1984. Today the property includes a 1,853 acre resort, 445 acres of vineyards and a 44 acre parcel dedicated to experimental viticulture and genetic improvement of Sangiovese, The San Felice vineyards are situated in the gently rolling hills of the Castelnuovo Berardenga area of Chianti Classico, where the vines are planted in two different soil types: calcareous clay and a combination of sand and lime. The terroir of Campogiovanni, including its sandy, mineral-rich argillous soil, allows Sangiovese vines to grow slowly and steadily, therefore producing unusually complete and balanced grapes. In addition to indigenous varietals like Toscana’s classic Sangiovese, San Felice has plantings of international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Like Enzo, winemaker Leonardo Bellacini is a Sangiovesist and carries on the legacy of tradition and research and experimentation.

Tasting notes
Aromas of dark cherry, raspberry and sweet violets.Medium-body, with soft round tannins.

Rating
 Wine Spectator 90 points (Jun 15 2013)
Ripe and smooth, featuring a spine of acidity and tannins that keeps the cherry, tobacco and underbrush flavors focused, with a firm finish and fine length. Best from 2015 through 2022. 30,000 cases made. –BS
 Wine Advocate 92 points (Aug 2013)
A classically styled wine, the 2010 Chianti Classico San Felice is composed of Sangiovese with additions of Colorino and Pugnitello. This second grape once faced extinction and has recently seen a small renaissance thanks to the efforts of San Felice’s winemaking team. The wine is rich with tart plum, rose petal and dried cherry. The palate offers smooth, velvety tannins. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
 Wine Enthusiast 91 points (Oct 2013)
Made with Sangiovese, Pugnitello and Colorino, this beautiful wine has an intensely floral fragrance of violet and iris, with undertones of dried tobacco and forest floor. The palate delivers vibrant wild cherry, white pepper and mint along with firm yet elegant tannins. - Best Buy

Technical notes
Sourced from estate vineyards planted on galestro, a schist based soil common to Tuscany. Fermented on its skins in stainless steel tanks for 8-10 days, the wine aged for 10-12 months in French oak followed by an additional two months of bottle aging.

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Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub-Region: Chianti Classico
Grape Varietal: Sangiovese
Type: Still wine
 
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