Chianti Monsanto Italy 2006
Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva is a 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo and Colorino blend aged for 24 months in oak plus 6 months in bottle creating a medium ruby color. It has a sweet scent with ripe, warm cherries and notes of dry earth and tobacco, and an elegant palate full of bright cherry and berry fruit, dry, ripe tannins and great acidity making it a perfect wine for food!
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 Chianti Monsanto Italy
90% Sangiovese/ 10% Canaiolo and Colorino Aged in Barrique, 25% of which were new. This is intensely aromatic with a strong rosemary/balsamic note that adds a lovely counterpoint to the red currant and candied red raspberry fruit tones. There are top notes of violet pastille and a whisper of vanilla adding gentle edges to the fruit. On the palate this has the classic rush of Sangiovese acids followed by juicy, wild strawberry fruit flecked with earth, herbs and mineral tones. There’s a slight roast meat savoriness to the mid-palate, with finely textured tannins adding some nice weight to the slightly under-ripe strawberry tones of the back end. This gains a little creaminess on the finish but end with a nice snap. 92pts
This bottle is a great example of how time, exposed to air, can affect a wine. When first opened it showed sour berries, leather, fall leaves and a hint of confectioners sugar on the nose. However, after two hours, you find fig and ripe berries with cedar and undergrowth. Black cherries and wild berries fill your palate. Then comes rosemary and a hint of cedar. The medium-long finish is juicy and fresh as it flaunts its brisk acidity, cleanses your palate, and keeps you coming back to the glass for more.
This bottle was decanted for three hours before tasting. Color is a dark ruby red with aromas of ripe strawberry and raspberries with cedar box, musk and undergrowth. Full body that carries gracefully across the palate. At first rich with cherry, then the acid kicks in with sour berries, rosemary and minerals. Juicy right down to the long red berry finish where you also find fine tannins. I'll happily watch this wine evolve over the years to come.
Beutiful deep garnet color. Woody, musky nose. Tremendous fruit on the first sip--cherry, berry--and some tannin. Medium weight body. Moderate acid--those who bad-mouth Italian wines as too acidic should try this. I'm not sure this wine has that much aging potential. I think it is what it is and what it will be right now. US$15.99 last April from Total Wine.
bright red fruit aromatics, fresh black cherries, raspberry fruit, nice acidity with little hints of spice, smooth mouthfeel
Medium ruby red in the glass. The nose is very floral and full of strawberry, cedar, cream and just enough barnyard and musk to give it a traditional feel. The palate shows cherry that fades to sour berry with a bit of flower petal. Acidity is beautiful and perfectly balanced keeping the wines medium body flowing smooth across the palate. With five more in the Cellar, I look forward to checking in on this over the next 10 to 15 years.
Almost dark Violet in color, nose of ripe strawberries, flowers, and sandalwood. Tastes of slight, tart, dark cherries, with minerals, a hint of cocoa, and solid tannins that counter through out.. Just released, a new 2006 here, so it attacks from the entry all the way through the finish. My only concern is the slight tart finish. This wine is Quite nice, and softens with each minute, will benefit from a decanting of 2 plus hours, and will cellar well.
Great wine, tannic, benefits from decanting and air exposure. Should age nicely.
External Reviews for Chianti Monsanto Italy
Attractive aromas of dried fruit and cedar. Medium-bodied, with fresh acidity and light tannins. Drink now.
The estate's mid-weight, silky-textured 2003 Chianti Classico Riserva presents attractive notes of super-ripe red fruits, grilled herbs and spices on an ample, yet classically built frame that captures the generous warmth of the vintage while maintaining a sense of freshness as well as restraint. Showing outstanding length on the palate, roundness from the oak, notable purity and terrific overall balance, it is a gorgeous wine to drink now and over the next decade or so. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017.
Medium-bodied with a light tint, this is a warm wine full of red-currant flavors and hefty tannins. The finish is long as can be, with a pronounced touch of interesting wood. Very tangy and lean, this may improve down the line. Now it's a little closed and lean.
What works nicely here are the cherry, forest berry, charcoal, black licorice and plum aromas. You'll get candied cherry flavors in the mouth and dusty tannins although the wine lacks that extra dimension to boost it up to the excellent category.
Attractive plum and cedar aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with light tannins and a fresh finish. A solid, traditional-style wine. Yummy. Drink now.
Deep medium red. Some new oak is immediately apparent on the nose, followed by delicate sweet raspberry and minty underbrush. More raspberry on the palate, with plump strawberry and red cherry fruit flavors adding complexity. Though not particularly persistent, there are enticing black pepper and tobacco echoes on the very smooth, suavely tannic finish.