2010 San Felice "Il Grigio Gran Selezione" Chianti Classico
This is powerful and super-silky with decadent layers of fruit and tannins. Full and structured. It shows such strength and beauty. Drink or hold. Better in 2016.
This gorgeous, structured wine, made from 80% Sangiovese and 20% other native grapes, is all about depth and complexity. Ripe black cherry, blue flower, tilled soil, mineral, black spice and leather all jump out of the glass. The succulent fruit is impeccably balanced by fresh acidity and solid yet refined tannins. Drink now– 2025
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Grigio opens to a deeply saturated color that is thick and luminous at the same time. In terms of bouquet, this Riserva veers toward the far end of the aromatic spectrum (as far as Chianti Classico is concerned) with dark tones of spice, saddle leather, pressed rose and moist earth. The finish excels in terms of softness and richness. This is a bold and modern wine with soft tannins and rich extract.
Il Grigio Gran Selezione is sourced from five vineyards that were researched and replanted in the 1990s. The rigorous selection of grapes for the Gran Selezione includes Sangiovese from three of those vineyards, Chiesamonti, Colti, and Pianaccio. Additionally, the winery notes, the blend includes indigenous grape varieties, "Abrusco, Pugnitello, Malvasia nera, Ciliegiolo, and Mazzese, which grow in San Felice’s Vitiarium, a renowned collection inaugurated in the 1980 and now boasting over 200 forgotten varieties, were selected to enrich the Sangiovese of Grigio Gran Selezione. The result is a rich, superbly-structured wine marked by taut, elegant tannins and a broad array of complex fragrances, a wine that is the fullest expression of the terroir of San Felice."