(2010 Vintage) This Chianti Classico Riserva is ruby red tending towards garnet. The bouquet is rich, intense and complex with notes of black cherry and spice. On the palate, it is full-bodied with rich red berry fruit flavors complimenting a backbone of tannin.
Winemaker's Notes: Ruby red color tending towards garnet. A rich intense and complex bouquet with notes of black cherry and spice. The palate is full bodied with rich red berry fruit flavors complimenting a backbone of tannin. An exceptional compliment to red meats, roasts and game. Critical Acclaim: Very immediate on the nose, with ripe summer fruit and hints of powder puff and pot pourri. Very young and intense but still a little unsettled on the palate, with some traditional oak aromas still to be assimilated, intriguing complexity and great potential. 95 Points Decanter This is very aromatic with dried flowers and black cherries. Full body, very fresh acidity and beautiful fruit. This is long and racy. So delicious now with a mineral undertone and a clean finish. Drink or hold. 92 Points James Suckling Readers should do whatever they can to get their hands on Monsanto's 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva, a wine that captures the full pedigree of this great Tuscan vintage, and at a reasonable price. Brisk, saline notes form the backbone, as this expressive, nuanced Riserva shows off its focus, delineation and pure clarity. One of the best wines of the year in its price range, the 2010 is all class. Juicy dark berries, flowers, tobacco and spices add complexity over time, but it is the wine's overall finesse that makes the most lasting impression of all. Monsanto has been a bit inconsistent in recent years, but when they get it right the results are striking, as the 2010 Riserva amply proves. This is a fabulous showing. 92 Points Vinous / Antonio Galloni The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva sees more contact with barrel (neutral tonneaux and barrique) but you can hardly tell. This stunning expression exudes femininity and elegance. Wild berries, tar, licorice and balsam herbs emerge softly from the bouquet. 91 Points The Wine Advocate Bright red. Pure aromas of flowers, red cherry and cinnamon. Sweet and luscious in the mouth, with penetrating red berry and mineral flavors that linger nicely on the vibrant finish. Great entry-level Chianti. 91 Points International Wine Cellar Cherry, raspberry, leather and spice flavors highlight this rich, succulent red, which is firm, yet balanced and integrated, with a long, cherry-and-spice-tinged finish. 90 Points Wine Spectator Layering scents of plum skin and cherries over roasted tomatoes, this wine is broad and rich. The tannins feel round but still carry an edge, helping to lend clarity and focus to the flavors. Substantial enough for pasta with boar ragù. 90 Points Wine & Spirits Related Links:
ok, but not as good as 2007. Not a WS 92 in my opinion. Not deserving of #31 in top 100 of 2012.
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