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 Sangiovese Blend Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva
Intensely aromatic with a floral and salame tones then burnished sour cherry/strawberry fruit, very floral, smells decidedly funky, leathery, and slightly sour with a touch of cigar ash smokiness. With air earth, oystershell, mint, spice, dried orange peel, old wet leather, soil, and even a hint of truffle emerge on this effusive and complex nose. A brilliant nose. Bright acids and a touch of fat up front yield to a nice layer of astringent tannins that coat the mouth with silky, smoky, dried strawberry fruit. This offers an array of flavors running from soil notes, black tea, maduro tobacco, frutti di bosco preserve and old wood notes to beet root, ripe berry, and dried citron peel. Finishes with good length and an almost curranty red/bitter cherry fruits with great mineral and herb cut and a classic steely character. This is Classic Chianti and a huge value but it is a pure, delicate, traditional style of wine that will never bowl one over with power or extract. It just seduces you with complexity, depth and purity. 94pts
Very expressive on the nose with cranberry, sandalwood, vanilla and sweet licorice. Followed by flavors of slightly tart cherries and a bit of a herbacious and barnyard aftertaste (in a good way). Great structure and nice long finish.
pretty earthy, barnyardy, dry, and mellow, not my style wine. i didn't get to much out of it.
Barnyard, violets and herbs, dark fruits, ripe black cherries, cedar, smoked meats, prosciutto, with nice balance of acidity and tannins. Midpalate of white pepper and medium to long finish.
Nice bouquet, a bit of a steel/mineral taste which I like. But it goes down a little rough around the edges.
Great Chianti for <$20
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Castello di Monsanto Sangiovese Blend Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva
Winemaker Laura Bianchi makes an old world style Chianti Classico that is full on the palate and has lots of black fruit flavors.
Moderately saturated dark red. Initially reduced, gamey aromas clear with air to reveal flinty red cherry, blackcurrant and herbs. Then sweet, supple and silky, with a liqueur-like ripeness and enticing aromatic character to the flavors of strawberry, raspberry, leather and licorice. Finishes with youthfully chewy tannins and excellent length. A very serious, well made Chianti. Decanting it a couple hours in advance should eliminate the gamey character completely.
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