Recently we reviewed a pair of wines from Italy’s San Felice. We’re back with a second shot of these wines, all sangiovese-based offerings.
2019 San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva – A soft Chianti, with gentle cherry and strawberry notes, a touch of vanilla, and a distinct note of milk chocolate clinging to the finish. The spice and vibrance iconic to Chianti are muted here, this expression acquitting itself as a decidedly gentle version of the classic wine. A touch of black pepper on the finish helps to liven things up, but not overwhelmingly so. B / $26 [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]
2017 San Felice Poggio Rosso Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – The step up with this Gran Selezione release is immediately noticeable, with a denser, rounder body that takes its black cherry core and informs it with notes of rhubarb and cloves. It’s fragrant and pretty on the nose, with a brooding — but approachable — quality to the palate. Notes of blackberry and violet both appear on the lasting finish. Versatile and hard to put down. A / $58
2017 San Felice Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino DOCG – Lush blackberry notes and a gently beefy quality give this wine an expressive fruitiness, followed by a peppery character and a layer of fresh green herbs. Tannic but balanced, this could use a little extra time in bottle, but it’s drinking well today, with a punchy finish that offers notes of graphite, dark chocolate, and just a touch of tar. Cellar for now, drink if you must. A- / $62