Deep ruby red. The round bouquet releases fragrances that linger beautifully, with scents of sweet violets that meld into smooth, spicy hints of tobacco leaf. This is a full-bodied red, velvety smooth marked by ripe, succulent tannins harmoniously integrated with the acidity.
Perfect with wild game, roasted and grilled meats, as well as aged cheeses. - Winemaker Notes
94 points - James Suckling
"Deep nose of black cherries and plums, together with hints of truffle, black earth, stone and walnut. Juicy and seamless on the medium to full body, with a bright core of red and black fruit. Racy finish."
93 points - Wine Spectator
"Firmly built, this red delivers a combination of fruity and savory elements, with black cherry and blackberry allied to beef bouillon, earth and mint flavors. Compact on the finish, where dusty tannins reign. Best from 2025 through 2040."
92 points - Jeb Dunnuck
"Lush, with a squarely modern-leaning style, the 2018 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Grigio pours an inky and opaque ruby hue and reveals compact aromas of baked plum, vanilla bean, toasted cedar, and crushed violets. The oak influence cloaks the wine all the way through the palate, which is ripe up front before falling off, and unfolds savory dried herbs, cherry pit, and amaro. A ripe and more densely packed wine, this could work as a steppingstone into these wines for lovers of New World wines with generous wood spice."