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93-Point Super Tuscan for Under $11 - Your New Go-To Italian Red - 03/08/2017 - Italy

With a 93 point rating from one of the industry’s leading voices in Italian wine and a price that’s just under $11, the 2014 Lucilla stands as one of the best Italian values we have going. A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet, and Merlot this is the kind of wine that makes fast and easy friends. Its crowd-pleasing nature is only part of its appeal however, as this 2014 has a breadth and range that belies its modest price. Loaded with dark fruit notes and savory flavors of porcini, black tea, wild herbs, and spice it has an approach the glides from start to finish. Striking a good balance between the Old World and New, it has some engaging rustic touches that are wonderfully counterbalanced by its lush fruit. A perfect house pour or party wine, it is an ideal pick to stock-up on.

Farnetella is owned by Felsina, one of our very favorite producers in Tuscany. Famous for their Chianti Classico Riserva and "Rancia" bottlings, it should come as little surprise that this project in the southeast would deliver wines of equal range and depth. This 2014 is about as good as it gets when it comes to a value red and an opportunity you won’t want to miss.

2014 Farnetella Lucilla Toscano Rosso

2014 Farnetella Lucilla Toscano Rosso ($10.99)

93 points James Suckling: "A ripe and decadent nose with licorice, sliced mushrooms and blackberries too. The palate is really savory with a tantalizing salty note that really lifts it up. Precise and linear. Beautiful austerity on the finish. Drink now." (07/2016)

K&L Notes: 70% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot

John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2017

Polenta, grilled veggies, rosemary roasted chicken, pasta with a rich marinara sauce, pepperoni and mushroom pizza, lamb moussaka... the list of friendly food pairings is all but endless for this bright and savory Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Deliciously ripe blackberry, cherry and plum fruit, a dash of nutmeg spice and earth combine with caressing tannins and gentle acidity. This audacious red will fast disappear from our shelves at this price, so I'd advise you not to wait or hesitate....

Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 07, 2017

I have to admit this wine caught me by surprise, I was expecting something a bit grittier but wow, the nose alone shows loads of rich fruit, like a mixed berry compote, wave after wave of flavor. On the palate the wine shows more spice, earth a bits of leather mixed in with the bold berry statement. It leaves a bit of an umami driven, savory finish that is ridiculously good for this price point.Yet this isn't a plump, structure-less wine this baby's got it all going, fruit, complexity, length with a bit of tannic structure. Really a spectacular wine.

Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2017

What a fantastic value on a food friendly and interesting wine. This is a touch earthy with intense flavors of dark cherry, spice, ripe blackberry and uplifting minerality on the rich finish. This drinks like a $25.00 bottle.

Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 22, 2017

A Tuscan charmer! Lots of the dark cherry Sangiovese fruit made a little darker with the help of Cab and Merlot. A touch of spice, a whiff of Tuscan dust and a dry but not classically assertive finish. This will be a go to pizza pasta red while it lasts!

Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 16, 2017

This is one of my favorite producers from Tuscany. This is their "Super Tuscan" - a very user friendly wine, the blend is 70% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot. Lots of dark skinned fruit with spice, minerals that complete each other on the nose and palate. The wine has pleasantly soft tannins, but good acidity to pull it all together. Buy two, the first one will disappear quickly.

Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 15, 2017

What a slam dunk value from Tuscany! This inexpensive bottle has so much going on for the price. Not only does it have friendly, ripe, brambly blackberry flavors it also has good balancing acid and tannin. This is real wine for your week night pizzas and pasta dishes!