2013 Farnetella Chianti Colli Senesi
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.
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)
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)
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)