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Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

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RiservaChiantiTuscanyItaly

Wine Description

(2005 Vintage) The 2005 Chianti Classico Riserva reveals a profile of red berries, herbs, crushed flowers and spices. The wine possesses an attractive up-front personality and finessed tannins, but it does taper off a bit on the mid-palate. In this rain-plagued vintage Monsanto did not produce its Riserva Il Poggio, and the best fruit from that site was added to this Riserva bottling, which was aged in a variety of used French oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2017.

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (2011 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/13/2014
  • Robert Parker
    (2011 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/20/2014
  • Wine & Spirits
    (2007 Vintage) The estate's 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva is delicious. Black cherries, herbs, tobacco and spices come together in a dark, brooding expression of Sangiovese framed by big, massive tannins. This finish is long and intense. Today the wine requires serious patience, but there is little question that it will be superb in a few years time. I can't wait to see what Monsanto has done with its top of the line Il Poggio in this vintage. In the meantime, the 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva is a highlight; and a terrific value as well. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2026.
  • Wine Spectator
    (1997 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/31/00.
  • Robert Parker
    (2009 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 06/10/2012