Region: Chianti Colli Senesi, Tuscany, Italy
Varietal: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot
“Rich ruby red with purplish highlights. Fruity on the nose, with aromas of wild red berry fruit and notes of anise and sweet liqurice (classic to the Sangiovese of this area), well melded into subtle nuances of spice. Velvety mouthfeel, with a finish laced with aromatic fruit and delicate vanilla.”
From vine republic (based in NJ): “Intense ruby red with slight purplish highlights. Lively, variegated aromas, predominantly blueberry, anise, and Mediterranean scrub, with hints of earthy mineral and an appealing note of toasty oak in the background. Very approachable in the mouth, showing relaxed tannins, fine acidity, and firm structure. The finish is lengthy and very appealing, with aromatic hints of wild cherry and subtle vanilla.
“A hint of sweet wood smoke graces the strawberry, cherry and earth flavors in this gentle red. It firms up on the finish. Drink now through 2024.” Wine spectator, 88 points
Pairing: Bean or chickpea soup, flavoured with rosemary, roast or braised veal, especially with mushrooms, lamb chops, short ribs, and sausage all are great hearty dinner options. Also, warm pasta tossed with a generous pour of good olive oil, a sprinkling of cheese (pecorino for instance) and some fresh cracked pepper is also a perfect matching for this wine. Plan ahead for this Herbed White Bean and Sausage Stew by Melissa Clark. It is an wonderfully satiating meal on a cold evening!
About: From Polaner Selections-
“The Castello di Farnetella is a unique hidden jewel, a prime, high elevation microclimate nestled amongst an otherwise mundane appellation of the Colli Senesi area
Here the Poggiali family produces wines that tend to be rounder and sometimes more powerful than those at their Felsina estate
The Chianti Colli Senesi is a tremendous value- the same dedication, both in the vineyards and in the winery are applied as those at the Felsina estate
In 1981 the owners of Felsina purchased the historic estate of Castello di Farnetella. Located about 30 minutes southeast of Castelnuovo Berardenga, this property should be considered a monopole cru among the otherwise uninspired appellation of Chianti Colli Senesi. The property and village of Farnetella encompasses a large hill, the top of which is near 560 meters in elevation. It has a mix of soils on it including sand, clay and limestone. While Farnetella is well-suited to Sangiovese, which makes up a majority of its plantings, there are also plots of Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The vineyards at Farnetella are all hand harvested and are farmed with the same attention and precision as those at Felsina. Organic, sustainable agriculture is practiced and they have incorporated some of the principals of biodynamics as well. Similar to Felsina, the entire production is made from estate fruit.
The wines at Farnetella range from the soft and approachable Chianti Colli Senesi to the more structured Poggio Granoni. The Chianti Colli Senesi has more flesh and is perhaps, more approachable than the Felsina Chianti Classico, but by no means less complex. It offers tremendous quality at its price point.
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