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Castello di Monsanto 'Riserva' Chianti Classico 2010
The Chianti Classico Riserve comes from a selection of grapes from vineyards which are more suitable for long maturing. Vinified in steel with a maceration of about 20 days, and as a second passage, it is aged in smaller wooden barrels for about 18 months, to then rest for a minimum of 3 months in glass.
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.
I've had previous vintages of Monsanto Riserva, but I don't think this one matches those. To me the wine does not show the fruity brightness or the tart refreshness that I seek. It's not a bad wine. but I'll pass on future bottles and, maybe, try again when another vintage is available.
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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. Best from 2015 through 2025.
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. Anticipated maturity: 2014–2022.
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. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022. - Monica Larner Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
When owner Fabrizio Bianchi purchased this ancient estate 1962 he began a transformation that continues to this day. The vineyards have all been revitalized and the winemaking is modern and up-to-date. He was one of the first to eliminate white grapes from his Chianti blend. The blend is 90% Sangiovese, 7% Canaiolo and 3% Colorino. Instead of large Slavonian casks the wine is aged for 18 months in French oak barriques. Last year the 2009 was number 31 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2012. This wine from the outstanding 2010 vintage scored 90 points in the Wine Spectator. Decanter Magazine just scored it 95 points saying "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."
This is very aromatic with dried flowers and black cherries. Full body with 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. 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 overal
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.
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