2014 Farnetella Chianti Colli Senesi (Elsewhere $15)

SKU #1258758 90 points James Suckling

 Earthy with dried herbs and some fruit. Fruity palate, medium to full-bodied with a clean finish.  (8/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Easy does it: The 2014 Chianti Colli Senesi offers fresh fruit and food-friendly appeal. I found this wine to be more forthcoming and balanced compared to the two base 2014s presented by Fèlsina (the entity that owns Castello di Farnetella). Generous in terms of primary aromas, this Tuscan red makes a good pairing partner to most pasta or easy meat dishes. (ML)  (1/2017)


 Castello di Farnetella's 2014 Chianti Colli Senesi is a pretty, fruity wine to drink now and over the next few years. Sweet red cherry, plum and floral notes, along with a dollop of Merlot, yield a decidedly soft, open knit style of Chianti. (AG)  (10/2016)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/12/2017 | Send Email
This wine is so surprising, I’ve spent a lifetime tasting Chianti at this price and rarely have I ever seen one so well made as this one has been. The nose is full of clean, elegant fruit sort of a mélange of ripe cherry and plum that come together as one. On the palate the wine shows its real character and that is a full, fleshy, supple and smooth richness that encompasses the easy fruit, it's made from 92% Sangiovese and 8% Merlot. The wine really has a tremendously easy to drink feel about it, but this isn’t some simple gooey slop this is real Chianti, Sangiovese with direction and complexity, flavors that aren’t cloying and simple this is a real wine. OK for $10.99 this isn’t Brunello but it is really well balanced, classic flavors and truly a delicious bottle of wine and you should definitely try it, this will even go with your Spaghetti and red sauce, just add a little more Parmigiano!
Drink from 2017 to 2020

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2017 | Send Email
Need a weekday treat for pizza, pasta, or even grilled meats- this bargain Sangiovese dominant Chianti is perfect! Farnetella hits the nail on the head again with earthy, dynamic aromas filled with dried herbs and deep ripe fruit. The palate is fresh and juicy from the small bit of Merlot added to the wine and has a soft, round texture from some time in oak barrels. The elongated Sangiovese acidity extends the palate on the end as it finishes with more of that fresh raspberry flavor.

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/29/2017 | Send Email
With the tremendous demand for the previous vintage of this Chianti and the recent popularity of their "Lucilla" blend, many have been asking when this one would arrive. Well, it's back and it's delicious. The wine is soft, juicy and medium-bodied with flavorful cherry fruit and mild acidity. I find this wine to be both generous and inviting and perfect to drink now. It also reminds me of the great, inexpensive Chianti so many of our customers discover on their journeys through Tuscany but can't seem to find here.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5