San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 2020, Tuscany, Italy

Made only from the finest Sangiovese grapes carefully selected from the estate Chianti Classico vineyards, this Reserva represents the perfect blend of the traditional and the modern. It spends some 24 months in oak, with about 20% in small barriques, and one year in the bottle. The front label bears Titian’s famous portrait of a medieval knight in armour. 2020 vintage: The mild winter allowed for a very early sprouting; unfortunately the night of March 25th the temperatures dropped down below 0 and the Sangiovese was strongly affected with a dramatic reduction of the yield. The spring was nice with a good amount of rain and several sunny days. The summer was warm but without heat waves. The fruit reached a perfect ripening quickly. The wines display extraordinary aromas and freshness, and especially the Sangiovese has great concentration due to the low yield. Terroir: Medium-textured, predominantly calcareous marl breakdown of Alberese and Galestro limestones, with abundant gravel-pebble mixture. Tasting notes: Deep ruby red. Rich, long-lingering aromas are redolent of violets and wild red berry fruit. Il Grigio is a full-bodied wine, lean and firm, with succulent tannins and a tangy acidity.