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Castello Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

Winemaker's Notes:

The Chianti Classico Riserva 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. Composition of the grapes: 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo and Colorino.

Castello di Monsanto:
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 Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464773,119
4.50 5
03/07/2018

Rich mineral complexity and barnyard aromas are fully in control on the nose - barely any fruit making its way through. On the palate this is juicy, firm and vibrant with zesty sour cherry, cranberry and strawberry fruit, a hint of herbal licorice and medicine notes and a pleasant earth on the finish. 91 pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 02/05/2009

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

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
3.00 5
Vintage: 2003 12/04/2009

The last vintage aged exclusively in barrique, 50% of which were new, 50% second passage. The nose here is deep and gamy with sour tones, yet full of spicy backed black cherry notes. With air this gains a n herbal edge and a deep veal reduction tone that has an impression of sweetness. Rich on entry with plenty of glycerin and then rather dry tannins this offers a rather curious combination of very ripe fruits and unripe tannins with some more wood tannins tacked on at the end. Then fruit gains some black raspberry tones on the finish, which is tannic and tough, before ending on notes of leather and mint. I’m not sure this is going to actually improve in the cellar as the tannins seem much more durable than the fruit. 86pts


Member Reviews for Castello Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

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Snooth User: RandyFisher
10733941,984
4.00 5
08/04/2017

Rich red fruit with balancing acid and enough tannin for interest. My best ever Chianti.


Snooth User: EMark
8478048,164
3.00 5
Vintage: 2012 11/03/2016

Dulled initial hit of blackberry, but then showing its bit of extra maturity. So, fruit does not overwhelm. Surprisingly tannic for a Chianti. Strong acid presence. I would expect from any Chianti, but this one is, like the fruit, not in your face. Not a great wine, but for under $20, a darned good one.


Snooth User: cahamilt14
141809742
5.00 5
Vintage: 2011 02/20/2014

Five glasses


Snooth User: EMark
8478048,164
2.00 5
Vintage: 2010 03/31/2014

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.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549198,229
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 05/30/2013

The nose was classic Monsanto Chianti, showing ripe strawberry, with hints of plum, barnyard, animal musk and a whiff chalky mineral. On the palate, it was silky with great balanced acidity lending juicy tones as concentrated red fruits and dried spices seduced the senses. The finish showed hints of refined tannin with tart fruit lingering through the close. As usual, this wine performs much better after an hour or two in decanter, lending a much better showing than any note I've taken at formal tastings. (91 points)


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549198,229
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 03/22/2013

The nose showed strawberry, floral stems, mint and dried cinnamon. On the palate, it was youthfully lean yet balanced, showing red berries and inner floral notes that lasted through the finish. The 2009 may need more time before it blossoms, and I’ll be happy to put some away to wait and see.


Snooth User: Gerard282
129039437
5.00 5
Vintage: 2009 05/22/2013

An outstanding Chianti, possessing aromas of clove, cherry and cedar. Soft, ripe tannins support sweet cherry and spice flavors. Long, slightly dry finish. Very drinkable in May 2013. An hour of decanting does a lot for this wine. At around $18 per bottle, this is a steal. Grade of A for quality, A for value.


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External Reviews for Castello Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 04/18/2019

Notes: 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. Composition of the grapes : 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo and Colorino.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 04/18/2015

Monsanto’s 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva fleshes out beautifully in the glass. The flavors are bright, lifted and beautifully focused throughout. Sweet red berries, crushed flowers, mint and tobacco are some of the notes that inform the silky finish. The 2011 shows the texture and voluptuousness of the year, but the classic Monsanto style is still quite evident. This is a beautiful example of the vintage, and a wine that will deliver considerable pleasure for the next decade or more.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 04/18/2015

Aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, wild sage and pine mingle with cherry, tobacco and earth notes in this complex, structured red. Balanced, long and built for the long haul. Drink now through 2024.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 02/16/2017

Aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, wild sage and pine mingle with cherry, tobacco and earth notes in this complex, structured red. Balanced, long and built for the long haul. Drink now through 2024. 26,000 cases made. –BS - Wine Spectator Magazine 92 Points (90% sangiovese, the rest canaiolo nero and colorino): Medium red with a palish rim. Wonderfully floral on the nose, with captivating nuances of raspberry, sour red cherry, white pepper and violet. Silky and complex on entry, showing a strong flinty character, then taut and vibrant in the middle, with terrific energy and floral lift for this rather hot year. Finishes very long and lively, with repeating flint and red berry flavors. One of my top five Chianti Classico Riservas in 2011. - Ian D'Agata - Vinous 91+ Points Monsanto's 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva fleshes out beautifully in the glass. The flavors are bright, lifted and beautifully focused throughout. Sweet red berries, crushed flowers, mint and tobacco are some of the notes that inform the silky finish. The 2011 shows the texture and voluptuousness of the year, but the classic Monsanto style is still quite evident. This is a beautiful example of the vintage, and a wine that will deliver considerable pleasure for the next decade or more. -- Antonio Galloni - Vinous 91 Points The 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva delivers toasted notes of spice and smoke that need more time to integrate. There’s a point of ripe fruit (strawberry, mostly) that peeks above those lavish oak tones. The 2010 version of this wine shows better balance, while 2011 is characterized by the hotter growing season. - Robert Parker 89 Points ** Only 6 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 03/12/2015

Aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, wild sage and pine mingle with cherry, tobacco and earth notes in this complex, structured red. Balanced, long and built for the long haul. Drink now through 2024. 26,000 cases made. –BS - Wine Spectator Magazine 92 Points (90% sangiovese, the rest canaiolo nero and colorino): Medium red with a palish rim. Wonderfully floral on the nose, with captivating nuances of raspberry, sour red cherry, white pepper and violet. Silky and complex on entry, showing a strong flinty character, then taut and vibrant in the middle, with terrific energy and floral lift for this rather hot year. Finishes very long and lively, with repeating flint and red berry flavors. One of my top five Chianti Classico Riservas in 2011. - Ian D'Agata - Vinous 91+ Points Monsanto's 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva fleshes out beautifully in the glass. The flavors are bright, lifted and beautifully focused throughout. Sweet red berries, crushed flowers, mint and tobacco are some of the notes that inform the silky finish. The 2011 shows the texture and voluptuousness of the year, but the classic Monsanto style is still quite evident. This is a beautiful example of the vintage, and a wine that will deliver considerable pleasure for the next decade or more. -- Antonio Galloni - Vinous 91 Points The 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva delivers toasted notes of spice and smoke that need more time to integrate. There’s a point of ripe fruit (strawberry, mostly) that peeks above those lavish oak tones. The 2010 version of this wine shows better balance, while 2011 is characterized by the hotter growing season. - Robert Parker 89 Points


External Review
Vintage: 2010 07/19/2014

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 12/12/2014

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."


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<p>A bright, garnet colored wine with full ripe fruit aromas and great structure. Rich fruit flavors carry through with a lingering sweetness. Best served with duck, game birds, and red meets or with an appetizer cheese plate.</p>

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Alcohol: 14%

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