Monday, December 7, 2009

Castello di Farnetella Chianti, 2003

Castello di Farnetella Chianti, 2003

Castello di Farnetella is owned by Felsina and they produce this DOCG Chianti Colli Senesi. The Farnetella area is a unique micro district, southeast of Chianti Classico, north of Montalcino, and almost bordering on the production area of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The vinyards are predominantly loam and sand with some clay and a larger proportion of stone and chalk. This Chianti is produced from 92% Sangiovese and 8% Merlot aged for 8-12 months in mature oak barrels. We pulled this Chianti to enjoy this Sunday afternoon as we made some wood fired pizza and watched the movie “Up”.
This wine has a deep ruby color and has a vibrant nose of crushed blackberry and wet earth and slight nuances of spice. This is a medium bodied wine with rich dark berry, strawberry, licorice, tobacco and wet rock. There are nice tannins that add to the complexity along with moderate acidity to keep it sailing along. This was a nice wine to pair with our pizza. We had one pizza with Wood Grilled Mushrooms, Fresh Mozzarella, Pesto, Tomato and another pizza with Arugula, Prosciutto, Black Fig Jam and Goat Cheese. Everything was fantastic. Oh yeah, we also enjoyed “Up”!

Pizza in 750 degree oven

Starting the fire with Apple wood

Mushroom, Pesto, Fresh Mozzarella,Tomato

Arugula, Goat Cheese, Prosciutto, Black Fig Jam

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