Chianti Colli Senesi Wine

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Chianti Colli Senesi is the largest, and some say the finest, subzone of Chianti in the Tuscany region of central Italy. Surrounding the hills of the Siena province, part of this zone spills into Chianti Classico, which designates both its original vineyard area as well as what is considered its highest quality fruit source. Colli Senesi also extends to San Gimignano, Montepulciano and Montalcino (the latter two being where the other top Tuscan Sangiovese-based wines, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino are produced). 

Chianti Colli Senesi is required to have a minimum 75% Sangiovese, which can be blended with Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Merlot. The white grapes Trebbiano and Malvasia have been banned from Chianti blends since 2006.
 
For more information on the history and production of Chianti, please see Chianti
 
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  • Vernaccia

    History of the grape: While there is another white Vernaccia offshoot in Italy (the Vernaccia di Oristano in Sardinia...

  • Canaiolo

    In the 18th century, Canaiolo actually played a bigger role in Chianti than did Sangiovese. Then, in the 1870s, Betti...

  • Trebbiano

    History of the grape: Trebbiano is one of the world’s most widely planted white grape varietals, not only for wines, ...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

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  • Fontaleoni 'Colli Senesi' Chianti 2012

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    Wine review by mark


  • Fontaleoni 'Colli Senesi' Chianti 2012

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    Reticent on the nose and herbal with aromas of dried graasses, hay and subtley spicy red fruits. Light, fresh and zesty in the mouth, this is laden with bright, clear and slightly sweet cherry fruit. Its a simple wine but round and yet bright in the mouth. Very refreshing and gaining some savory complexity on the backend, this goes down dangerou... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castello di Farnatella Chianti Colli Senesi 2010

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    This starts on the elegant side with pretty notes of lean red cherry, clove and allspice, and a heart of flinty Earth and brambles. There's a nice little core of richness in the nose as well.The palate has plenty of lean red cherry fruit with dark notes of Earth, underbrush, and dried herbs. Aromatic and well balanced showing fine tannins and go... Read More

    Wine review by bobbbc


  • Falchini Chianti Colli Senesi Titolato Colombaia 2008

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    The nose is firm with subtle incense, reserved black cherry fruit, a little black pepper, and lightly charred underbrush.The palate has masculine black cherry and black cherry skins, with great structure, subtle Chinese spice and a hint of pepper again.Medium weight and well balanced, it has a pleasantly bitter finish with good grip and lingerin... Read More

    Wine review by bobbbc


  • Villa Sant Anna Chianti Colli Senesi 2009

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    Wine review by proagg


  • Tenuta Valdipiatta Chianti Colli Senesi 2010

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    Black cherry, violets on the nose.... Full bodied with nice balance and a great finish Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer


  • Fattoria Casabianca Chianti Colli Senesi Riserva 2005

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    The color is a bit darker than your traditional Chianti, but somewhat lighter than your typical big bold cabs that have been pouring out of California the last decade or so. The nose is very interesting, with notes of rich, dark fruit, a good bit of licorice and some lovely dried herbs. The taste was a complete divergence from the nose, as you... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Farnetella Chanti Colli Senesi 2009

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    Wine review by kimberlyaurora


  • La Mormoraia Chianti Colli Senesi 2007

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    Pretty dry, but opens up with oxygen Read More

    Wine review by Americo Valdes


  • La Pácina Chianti Colli Senesi 2007

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    Visited the winery recently and tasted a variety of the wines. These are big Chiantis, more in line with a traditional Brunello (not an elegant wine catering to a WA score, but a wine with character and aging potential, that reflects the age of the vines, and the quality of the soil and winemaking). The 2008 was a standout, tremendous with foo... Read More

    Wine review by hpal


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