Last night I based figuring out what I was going to make for dinner around the fact that I was craving Chianti. Perhaps a year or so too early, I still decided to give San Felice Chianti Classico 2010 a pour, especially since 2010 is such a fantastic vintage for the region. [Incidentally I decided to prepare a veggie Bolognese with fresh pasta from Calabria acquired at my local Italian import shop.] Although only officially established in 1968, the San Felice estate has a lengthy history dating all the way back to 714 AD. In 1924 Marchesi del Taja, one of the founding members of the Consorzio del Chianti Classico owned the property and produced wine until it passed to the current owner, Enzo Morganti in 1968. Morganti set about transforming the vineyard, concentrating on “systematic scientific research and thoughtful vineyard purchases”. Today in addition to a 1853 acre resort, the estate consists of 445 acres of vineyards along with 44 acres devoted to “experimental viticulture and genetic improvement of Sangiovese”. The third grape in the Chianti blend is Pugnitello, it was nearly extinct and has recently been successfully revived due in large part to the revitalizing efforts at San Felice. The wine was fermented in stainless steel and then aged for up to one year in large Slovenian oak botti [large casks].
Red-violet in colour with aromas of cherry, earth and dried herbs. Cherry and tart cranberry flavours joined smooth, dry tannins in the medium body, whilst white pepper and traces of wild herbs lingered in the clean finish. A classic, straightforward example of Chianti, this is an elegant, slightly lean glass now that will continue to acquire a lusher perspective with a few years under its belt.
80% Sangiovese, 10% Colorino, 10% Pugnitello
Bottled by Società Agricola San Felice S.P.A.
Enjoy now thru 2020
Rated 92 points by the Wine Advocate