Castello di Farnatella Chianti Colli Senesi 2010

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Winemaking: "90 % Sangiovese; 10% Merlot. Practicing biodynamic. The vineyard is in the commune of Sinalunga, southeast of Siena and northeast of Montepulciano. The soil is predominantly loam and sand with some clay and a larger proportion of stone and chalk. Simple Guyot with average yield of 40-45 hl /hectare (1.78-2 tons/acre). Exclusively by hand, at various times in October. Automatic daily punch-downs during fermentation at 28-30 degrees C, followed by 10-12 day maceration. Draining-off after fermentation and transfer in March to small and medium-sized casks for 8-12 months' maturation. 4-6 months' bottle-ageing." - Importer Farnetella: "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. Also, as at 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 it is by no means less complex. It offers tremendous quality at its price point." - Importer

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Color: Red
Varietal: Sangiovese
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Snooth User: Bob Fyke
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3.50 5
12/09/2013

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 good acidity that work well to support the whole show. I've enjoyed this wine repeatedly, and it's consistency makes it a great value for regular consumption.



Winemaking: "90 % Sangiovese; 10% Merlot. Practicing biodynamic. The vineyard is in the commune of Sinalunga, southeast of Siena and northeast of Montepulciano. The soil is predominantly loam and sand with some clay and a larger proportion of stone and chalk. Simple Guyot with average yield of 40-45 hl /hectare (1.78-2 tons/acre). Exclusively by hand, at various times in October. Automatic daily punch-downs during fermentation at 28-30 degrees C, followed by 10-12 day maceration. Draining-off after fermentation and transfer in March to small and medium-sized casks for 8-12 months' maturation. 4-6 months' bottle-ageing." - Importer Farnetella: "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. Also, as at 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 it is by no means less complex. It offers tremendous quality at its price point." - Importer

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