2011 San Felice Chianti Classico Riserva Il Grigio 5.0 L

Year: 2011
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 91
Vinous Media: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"A lithe, tightly wound version, with peppery accents to the black cherry, black currant and violet flavors. Vibrant and long, if compact on the finish, where black pepper hints linger. Best from 2017 through 2024. 21,600 cases made. –BS " (WS)

"San Felice's 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Grigio is open, resonant and highly expressive. Succulent red cherries, iron, spices, tobacco, cedar and leather blossom in a generous, inviting Riserva that can be enjoyed today or cellared for up to at least a handful of years. The 2011 offers good freshness for the year, but the ripeness and generosity of the vintage come through just the same." (VM)

"This firmly structured Sangiovese opens with aromas of underbrush, fragrant purple flowers, ripe berry and a whiff of ground pepper. On the savory palate, notes of licorice, clove and espresso add depth to the core of ripe cherry." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Here is a proud, noble wine, taciturn but decisive, precisely as we imagine Il Grigio, the grey-bearded medieval knight dramatically presented in local stories, and perfectly suggested by Titian in the portrait utilised on the wine’s label.

Produced from carefully-selected sangiovese grapes, Il Grigio represents the iconic elegance of the traditional Chianti Classico, exhibiting the steely temperament, the dynamism, and the ability to surprise typical of the adventurous, all qualities eminently characteristic of the noble variety that yields Il Grigio.