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58 Ratings
Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

Wine Details

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RiservaChiantiTuscanyItaly

Wine Description

(2009 Vintage) Tuscany personified as aromas of animal musk, spice, wild berries and forest notes wafted up from the glass. On the palate, this wine showed wild red berries and autumnal notes with a mouth-feel of pure silk. The finish was long in sour berry and spice.

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    Winemaker's Notes: A blend of 90% Sangiovese, 7% Canaiolo and 3% Colorino. Made with grapes from a further selection, first in the vineyard and aferward in the winery, this Riserva consists of Sangioves (90%) and Canaiolo and Colorino (10%). It has excellent potential for aging. Critical Acclaim: 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. 91 Points The Wine Advocate This easily available Riserva offers an interesting nose that combines smoked aromas of cured meat and bacon with ripe notes of mature plum and blackberry. That same intensity transfers to the palate, suggesting a pairing with roasted leg of lamb. With small percentages of Colorino and Canaiolo, this is a classic Tuscan wine. 90 Points Wine Enthusiast

    over 5 years
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    for pizza

    about 10 years
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    about 10 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (1997 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/31/00.
  • 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.
  • Ken's Wine Guide
    (2003 Vintage) This wine opens with an oaky and musty like bouquet. On the palate, this medium bodied wine is dry, round, and has cool sensations. It displays black cherry and menthol like flavors. The finish is...
  • Wine Enthusiast
    (2005 Vintage) "Stay-at-home pasta or pizza dinners call out for a simple but solid Chianti, and Monrosso fits the bill beautifully. The ruby-colored wine (80 percent Sangiovese with smaller components of Canaiolo and Merlot) is fermented in steel and aged six months in oak casks for fresh, fruit-forward results. It is redolent of cherry, plum, milk chocolate and has distant hints of spice and licorice. Its lightweight consistency and subtle tannins make it an excellent, no-brainer match for most foods."
  • Robert Parker
    (2009 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 06/10/2012