2016 Farnetella Chianti Colli Senesi

SKU #1388288 91 points James Suckling

 Pretty perfume of cherries and dried flowers which follow through to a full body with driven acidity. Round and juicy. A fresh and delicious young wine. Drink now.  (9/2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chianti Colli Senesi (90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot) is a lean, mid-weight red wine that offers a simple yet highly fruit-driven bouquet. You get tones of dried cherry, raspberry, bitter almond and grilled herb. The wine offers freshness and a simple but also highly accessible delivery. This vintage feels tighter and more rigid compared to the warm 2015 edition. (ML)  (10/2018)


 The 2016 Chianti Colli Senesi is laced with sweet tobacco, dried herbs, game, mint and sage. A typically rustic Chianti from the Colli Senesi, appellation, the 2016 will drink well for the next few years, maybe more. Dollops of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon round out the blend. (AG)  (2/2019)

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 Wild-berry, underbrush and blue-flower aromas waft out of the glass along with a whiff of mint. Made with 92% Sangiovese and 8% Merlot, the bright easy-drinking palate offers crushed cherry, dried herb and a white-pepper note set against lithe tannins. (KO)  (5/2019)

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By: Mandana Tourani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2019 | Send Email
Fresh, bright, crunchy and acidity driven, this little delight of Italy for such an affordable price will make your Italian fiesta even more exciting. Cherry, chewy tannins and a medium but not flabby body. It is young but divine and delicious.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/6/2019 | Send Email
This is surprisingly structured for the price point but has a rich overlay of ripe cherry fruit and a clean and wonderfully dry finish. Another pure and delicious bargain to buy by the case and drink with pizza, pasta, burgers or any picnic fare.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2019 | Send Email
The everyday value that is Farnetella is well established with our staff. This pure pleasure in a glass Chianti transcends its humble price point with aromas of fresh raspberry, red flowers and graphite pencil. It is way more complex than you would think for a wine well south of $15. Enjoy now and for a couple more years with your weeknight pasta dishes and favorite takeaway pizza place.
Top Value!

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/29/2019 | Send Email
Fattoria di Felsina is one of the top producers of Chianti Classico and their's is one of our best selling wines. It's no surprise to us that the wines of Castello di Farnetella are met with the same enthusiasm as the property is owned by Felsina! Their Chianti Colli Senesi is mostly Sangiovese with a small amount of Merlot added to round it out. The 2016 is an ample wine with bold red fruit, bright acidity and a touch of rusticity from a fine layer of tannins. It's a very impressive Chianti especially at this price.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2019 | Send Email
I think it’s fair to say that as far as my palate is concerned, I often struggle with the ruggedness and lack of polish I find in most Chanti. And at under $15? Forget about it. I’ll pass. But every once in a while you hit a wine that totally defies your expectations and makes you reconsider looking the other way when you pass them in the hall. The Farnetella Chianti Colli is that wine for me. In the scribbled tasting notes I have for this wine you’ll see “really charming”, “ super friendly”, and “totally delicious”. It’s got a great nose that made me immediately recall Rosso di Montalcino. On the palate, bright cherry fruit, strawberry for days, and brambly with nicely structured tannin. Up front and incredibly tasty, I think this actually blows up the under $15 Italian red category. I dare you not to like this wine.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2019 | Send Email
A delicious and great value. There are dark red fruit flavors that are balanced out with a nice dry finish. There is a nice and smooth mouth feel. This will go great with pizza and pasta.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2019 | Send Email
This is a charming expression of Tuscany; ripe cherry, a touch of floral lift, earth, and leather. It is medium bodied with generous fruit up front, that classic Sangiovese acid but it is not tart nor tannic. This is a house Red if there ever was one. What's for dinner?

By: Robert Cash | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/24/2019 | Send Email
This is a knockout Chianti for the price! Lovely nose of dried cherries, tobacco, red fruit, and subtle spice. It's quite fresh and juicy on the palate with a medium body and integrated tannins. Would go great with pizza or a burger.
Top Value!

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2019 | Send Email
Awesome, aromatic Chianti for $12!!! Toast with savory black cherry glaze with great freshness and succulent juiciness. This wine at this price-point is very well balanced and should be a proud display on anyone's table!

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2019 | Send Email
I read the reviews on this wine by the major critics and it’s almost as if they all tasted different wines. It happens frequently when wines are first released that they are a bit awkward and angular of simple and lack distinctive flavor but this wine is now coming into its’ own and it’s a blockbuster for the price. The nose gives you the sense of a bold, complex wine with lots of earth and leather, hints of ripe cherry and Tuscan brush. On the palate you see this is a bold wine, showing depth and a bit of tannic structure, the flavors show more savory than fruity but there’s a bit of cherry confiture lurking in the back palate. The finish is powerful, long and brings that the polished tannins the wine to a crescendo. Big words for a wine that’s this inexpensive but try and you’ll see what I mean.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2019 | Send Email
If you want and everyday Sangiovese that's classic, elegant, and refined, this is about as good as it gets. Cool fresh strawberry and red cherry mingle with sage on a texturally refined and light-as-a-feather palate. The purity of the 2016 vintage shines through. It will be hard to resist pulling the corks here as it is about as versatile as it gets for the price.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/12/2019 | 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. TWO THUMBS UP !!!

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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.


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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