San Felice is located in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, a few kilometres from Siena, in the heart of Chianti Classico. Surrounding the tiny medieval hamlet and the winery complex are 140 hectares of vineyards, 80% planted with Sangiovese, a testimony to the commitment of San Felice to the production of Chianti Classico with a manifest bond to its local terroir, as shown by its ‘Il Grigio’ and ‘Poggio Rosso’ wines.
At the same time, San Felice has won recognition as a very innovative producer and committed researcher. Eloquent examples are its historic wine Vigorello, the precursor to the Supertuscan wines, and Pugnitello, made from the ancient Tuscan grape of the same name, which San Felice re-discovered and experimented with over many years, in collaboration with the University of Florence.
Their Vigorello is a blend of four different grapes: Pugnitello 35%, Merlot 30%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30%, and Petit Verdot 5%.
GSN’s Remarks: A dark burgundy color in the glass, with a slight oakiness overlaying a medium grape nose. The initial tasting brings fresh fruity grape character, quickly followed by a rich, near meaty presentation. This fades into a pleasant and balanced finish with some light tannins. The blend is a success, with a liveliness that is immediate. If you let it breathe awhile, more notes of dried fruit awaken. All in all, this makes for an elegant wine perfect for enjoying with some light charcuterie or with a chocolate dessert. GSN Rating: A+
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