2015 San Felice Campogiovanni Il Quercione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG, Italy
Forty years have passed since the purchase of the Campogiovanni wine estate in Montalcino, and now San Felice has extended its interest to another world-class winegrowing area: Bolgheri.
Consistent with its philosophy of making wine exclusively from estate-grown grapes, San Felice located 6 hectares of vineyards near Le Sondraie area.
The vines, averaging 5 years old and planted in the silt-sand soils classic to the zone, amount to 2 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon and 4 hectares of Merlot.
They yield two wines, Bolgheri and Bolgheri Superiore.
Produced only in the most exceptional growing years, this Reserva is considered by San Felice to be the finest expression of its Campogiovanni terroir . Carefully selected clusters of Sangiovese grosso from its 2.5-hectare Il Quercione Vineyard, yeld a wine that effortlessly marries together depth, elegance and authenticity of style, plus a remarkable capacity for lenghty ageing. It matures 24 months in 500-litre French oak tonneaux and a further 36 in the bottle.
2015 will be remembered as one of the warmest in recent years; to a mild winter and a spring with regular rainfall, succeeded a hot summer with rare precipitations. Good weather conditions allowed a good quantity and excellent quality production, with perfect phenolic maturation in all vineyards, guaranteeing wines suitable for long aging.
Rated 94 Points Wine Advocate
Campogiovanni is an estate run by San Felice in Chianti Classico, and its 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Campogiovanni is a lovely, dark and savory wine to serve with a platter of fatty charcuterie and aged tomme cheese. The bouquet is elegant and linear, showing a pretty ensemble of dark fruit, cassis and dried cherry. This vintage is particularly well balanced, with soft spice and crisp acidity competing for your attention and keeping things bright and interesting. An ample 85,000 bottles were produced.
Rated 92 Points Monica Larner Wine Spectator
The core of cherry and plum flavors is shaded by tobacco, spice and woodsy notes in this firm, dry red. Exhibits a Mediterranean feel, with wild herb and sun-baked loam accents on the finish. Best from 2023 through 2042.
Rated 92 Points Bruce Sanderson,Vinous
Good deep, lively red. Expressive, complex nose offers blueberry, strawberry, cinnamon, sassafras, old rare leather and iron. Then similarly complex on the supple palate, but with good energy and focus for such an easygoing, broad wine. The notes of red fruit and sweet spices linger nicely on the savory finish.