Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva is a 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo and Colorino blend aged for 24 months in oak p...Read more...
90% Sangiovese/ 10% Canaiolo and Colorino Aged in Barrique, 25% of which were new. This is intensely aromatic with a strong rosemary/balsamic note... Read more
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... Read 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, mu... Read more
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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.
bright red fruit aromatics, fresh black cherries, raspberry fruit, nice acidity with little hints of spice, smooth mouthfeel
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.
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
Winemaker Laura Bianchi makes an old world style Chianti Classico that is full on the palate and has lots of black fruit flavors.
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.
Attractive plum and cedar aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with light tannins and a fresh finish. A solid, traditional-style wine. Yummy. Drink now.
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.
Old-fashioned, yet very fine. Subtle aromas of plum skin, berries and porcini. Medium- to full-bodied, with medium tannins and a chewy finish. Needs time. Best after 2001.
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!
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