Leonardo Bellaccini, long-time San Felice winemaker trained in Italy under the legendary Enzo Morgante (creator of first Chianti super Tuscan, maker of first single vineyard Chianti Classico Riserva), interned in Bordeaux)
The 140 hectare San Felice estate in Castelnuovo Berardenga (near Siena) in the southern part of the Chianti Classico zone (Classico being one of the seven Chianti zones).
Named after a Titian painting (apparently of his father) hanging in a Milan museum, the winery’s idea is that the face of “Il Grigio” on the label is the face of the wine – strong and serious. That’s their story. My story is that I recently was looking for something to drink with the very good pork belly pizza and a pizza Margarita at Paul’s Kitchen (where Haven used to be) and this classic Chianti perfectly fit the bill.
SAN FELICE Il Grigio Chianti Classico, 2010 ($19.94)
A 14% alcohol, 100% Sangiovese Chianti Classico aged 24 months in a mix of 80% large (600-900 liter) Slovenian oak casks and 20% standard (225 liter) French oak barriques and a further 6 months in the bottle before release. Red in color with well-formed legs; dry, medium-plus body with medium phenolics. Masculine perfume of red cherry and berry fruit with cedar, black pepper, and spice. Fits the classic Chianti niche to go with higher-end pizza, pastas with red sauces (especially in the Italian-American style), lasagna, and even grilled meats dressed with a bit of extra virgin olive oil. BearScore: 92.