2013 Farnetella Chianti Colli Senesi

SKU #1249118 92 points James Suckling

 So much fruit and richness for this appellation. Medium to full body, round and velvety tannins and a dried fruit, spice and light oak aftertaste. Drink now. Extremely well done.  (10/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Dusty tannins keep a tight grip on the cherry, tobacco and earth notes in this rich red. Offers flashes of ripe fruit early before turning lean and firm. Be patient or match with food for now. Shows a more rustic side of Rancia. Best from 2018 through 2030. (BS)  (6/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Chianti Colli Senesi delivers an easy approach and a very clean style. Some 200,000 bottles of this wine are produced each year making it relatively easy to locate. Fresh and immediate aromas of cherry, wild berry, pressed violets and moist earth emerge from the glass. The wine 92% Sangiovese and the rest is Merlot. Castello di Farnetella is owned by Fèlsina. The property (located between Siena and Montepulciano) was purchased in 1978 and remains a working farm with a lake, livestock and other agricultural crops besides wine grapes. This property is home to experimental winemaking. For example, the most important Fèlsina wines remain 100 percent Sangiovese, whereas the Castello di Farnetella expressions often have some international grapes mixed in. All the wines here are distinguished by sharp focus and linearity. Castello di Farnetella boats high altitude vineyards (up to 550 meters above sea level) and this makes the difference. (ML)  (10/2015)


 The 2013 Chianti Colli Senesi is a pleasant, rustic wine to drink over the next handful of years. Smoke, tobacco, grilled herbs, game and black cherries are some of the signatures. The 2013 offers lovely depth from a touch of Merlot that is added to the blend, but at the end of the day the wilder, gamier side of Sangiovese is very much front and center. (AG)  (9/2015)

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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2016 | Send Email
Sometimes breaking with tradition works, as in the case of this rather unorthodox Chianti, a blend of mostly Sangiovese and Merlot grown on the hills surrounding Siena, a shimmering little ruby of a wine imbued with attractive dark fruits— succulent cherries and ripe plums dominate, with enough backboned tannins, earth and spice to keep you reaching for another glass, and then another.... but before you know it, the bottle is sadly, fini.
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By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/22/2016 | Send Email
I love the nose on this wine it is so full of a complex blend of wild fruits and earthy intrigue. The waves of aromas flowing from the glass will capture your attention immediately. On the palate the wine flows, is supple and easy yet backed up with excellent structure. The fruit is the first thing you see, complex plums and wild cherries then bits of leather, spice and earth. The finish is solid, persistent and it gives you a feel like you really are drinking wine that you paid much more for! Perfect for backyard BBQs or a little spaghetti Bolognese!
Drink from 2016 to 2022

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2016 | Send Email
Due to the appellation itself, there is a lot of variance in style and substance between Colli Senesi Chiantis but our friends at Fattoria di Felsina, owners of Castello di Farnetella, produce one of the best. This is a substantial wine for the price that offers up plenty of wild red berry fruit laced with hints of licorice, vanilla and minerals. It's fresh, velvety and round and at $12.99, we imagine this will go quickly.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2016 | Send Email
Sometimes I am surprised when a new customer to our store assumes we only stock expensive or wine too "fancy" for them. However, this is also fun because it means I get to educate them on all the amazing wine we carry that drink far above their price tag. Take this Chianti, for example: notes of red and dark berry in the nose lead to a palate of good red fruit. Lots of tart acid lift and move this wine along, making it pair well with tons of light pasta, pizza, or chicken dishes. A rather grippy finish of tannins that will calm down after some time open also help this to be an excellent food wine and one to bring over to any BBQ or dinner party.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
I don't know if I'd necessarily pick this out as chianti blind and indeed Chianti is a difficult style to pin down, but regardless of the provenance this wine out shines its price point by a mile. Dark cherry and soft plummy notes, with a gorgeous little acidity the permeates through the end. Not some complex monster that needs to be peeled apart, but absolutely drinkable and super generous little wine for the summer.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
Chianti Colli Senesi is perhaps Chianti's most unsung subzone, located on the hills surrounding Siena and I love what his area does to Sangiovese. This Farnetella is just bang for your buck, medium- bodied, dark fruit and a little bit of Siena on the palate. Buy a couple for you next Bar-B –Que, bugers or fowl would love this.

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


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- Chianti is the most famous wine name in Italy is not the name of a grape but actually a region. Chianti lies in the 35 miles of hills between Florence and Siena, a complex geological region as well as geographically. The extraordinary geography makes grape growing a very challenging feat with multiple exposures and soil types on the same estate. The region comprises 9 different communes not dissimilar to Bordeaux wherein each commune has a particular characteristic that shows in the wine. The wine is made predominantly Sangiovese, the grape must comprise at least 80% of the blend. Chianti Classico is the "classic" region, though many other nearby regions now use the name "Chianti" to make similar wines. The "Gallo Nero" or Black Rooster on many of the Chianti Classico bottles is a private consortium of producers who try and control the direction of production and quality amongst their members.