Castello di Monsanto Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana IGT Nemo 2003
Castello di Monsanto is one of the most respected estates in Tuscany and one of the top producers of traditional Chianti Classico Riserva. Located midway between Florence & Siena, the estate lies on the westernmost edge of the Chianti Classico zone, one of the best areas for Chianti. The estate itself is a landmark, with its distinctive hilltop castle.
Editorial Reviews for Castello di Monsanto Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana IGT Nemo
100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 100% new barrique Adult candy, that’s what this smells like. It’s got a nice hint of underbrush followed by ripe black currant fruits edged in pencil lead and herbs in a cool, precise register. On the palate this is rich but not unctuous with a seamless fell that carries the dense fruit effortlessly across the palate. The ripe fruit tones are framed with slightly spicy notes of cinnamon and cigar box on the back end. This has exceptional balance, nothing sticks out, there is no excess fat or weight and no sign of the heat of the vintage. It’s still youthful so there is a touch of tannin to resolve and the finish ends with a bit more oak spice than I would like but that should all work itself out in after a year or three in the cellar. While I am not usually a fan of Tuscan Cabernet this ranks among the best of its type. 94pts
The nose was deep and engaging with rich black cherry sauce, balanced by floral notes, cedar, earth and floral undergrowth. On the palate, it was enveloping as a mix of raspberry and blueberry with baking spices, cedar and minerals engaged the sense and traversed a fine line between rich and juicy. The finish was long with cinnamon spice and bittersweet dark berries flowed by the slightest hint of tannin. In the end, the 2003 Nemo came across and perfectly balanced and a joy to drink.
External Reviews for Castello di Monsanto Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana IGT Nemo
A big, bold Cabernet executed in a modern, New World style, this wine layers on generous amounts of cherry fruit, toasted wood, vanilla and black berry. The oak element is anything but understated, yet it does not distract from the fruit. Let it rest two or three years in your cellar.
Currant, toasty oak and meat follow through to a medium body, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. Cabernet Sauvignon. Available in June 2007. Best after 2007.
Monsanto has produced this single-vineyard cabernet sauvignon since 1982, and you can sense that history in the wine's restrained, confident structure. This opts for earthy nuance over sweet ripeness, melding flavors of black olive, tobacco and cherry with smoky, firm tannins. Its energy is enhanced with air, the vibrant acidity carrying the flavors through the finish. It’s drinking well now, a warm, sophisticated red to pour with prime rib.
The 2003 Nemo (Cabernet Sauvignon) is a plump, engaging wine loaded with ripe dark fruit. It shows awesome richness and an elegant, refined personality, even if what comes through is more vineyard character than varietal expression. With air and food this wine could be enjoyed today, although it is best left alone in the cellar for at least a few years. The use of oak is much more harmonious than Il Poggio in this vintage. This is a stunning wine, not to mention one of the top wines from Tuscany in 2003. If it sounds like I was blown away by this wine, I was. Though not inexpensive in absolute terms I would be hard pressed to name another Tuscan wine that delivers this level of quality and pure drinking pleasure for the money. Anticipated maturity: 2010–2028.