What a joy it is to taste these new releases from San Felice. Quite simply, these are the finest wines I have tasted from the estate in many a year. San Felice is one of the most beautiful properties in all of Tuscany. It’s nice to see quality on the rise."
San Felice Pugnitello Toscana 2007
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A robust and resolute wine, mirroring the rugged qualities of the grape that allowed it to survive over the centuries with, we might say, its fist clenched.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Pugnitello, from an ancient variety that the estate has worked to restore, possesses striking vibrancy and freshness in its dark cherries, violets, minerals and flowers, all wrapped into a soft, textured frame of notable length. Hints of tobacco, smoke and new leather emerge over time, adding to the wine’s sensual, inviting personality, leading to the beautifully expressive, radiant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2022.
International Wine Cellar - "Inky ruby. Delicate smoky aromas of blueberry, black cherry and minerals. Very sweet and suave on the palate, with a pure coffee quality to go along with fresh dark fruit and earth flavors. This outstanding wine finishes very long, with noble tannins. Pugnitello is said to be a local native variety in which San Felice has invested heavily-even funding university studies-but every time I'm in the vineyards I can't help but think of how much it looks and behaves like montepulciano. Still, this is by far the best Pugnitello ever."
Wine Spectator - "Pretty aromas of black licorice and dark berries follow through to a full-bodied palate, with a solid core of fruit and a velvety, rich finish. Stylish wine from an obscure Tuscan variety. Best after 2010. 1,300 cases made."
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San Felice Winery
Agricola San Felice is a multi-faceted enterprise with activities spread over various locations:
Above all, of course, the tenute, or farm estates, with their prized vines and olive trees; the Vitiarium, where most of the scientific research is carried out; the winecellars, where all of the production takes place, from vinification to maturation in barriques and bottling.
Also the frantoio, or olive-oil press; the borgo, the company headquarters and retail enoteca, but, in particular, a medieval hamlet transformed into an elegant hotel complex; and, finally, the livestock operation, centred on raising prized local breeds.
The Tenuta San Felice lies in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, at an altitude of about 400 metres, in the southern portion of the Chianti Classico district. It encompasses some 650 hectares, of which 140 are in high-quality vineyards, and boasts about 17,000 olive trees. View all San Felice Wines
About TuscanyView a map of Tuscany wineries (TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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