Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 1995
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.
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The single-vineyard 1999 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio is another strong effort from this property. It opens with beautiful aromatics followed by deeply expressive notes of leather, spices, mint, tobacco and sweet dark fruit. Made in a big, muscular style, it will benefit from another few years in the bottle which will allow its full range of tertiary nuances to develop. This blend of 90% Sangioveto, 7% Canaiolo and 3% Colorino was aged in new and used French oak barrels for 18 months. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.
Pleasant, with plum, berry and hints of leather on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with light tannins and a fruity finish. Drink now.
Gorgeous Chianti Classico riserva. Focused aromas of plum, dried cherries and berries. Full- to medium-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long, fruity finish. Very fine indeed. Drink now through 2003.
The dark ruby/purple-hued 1997 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio offers a stunning aromatic display of jammy black fruits, balsam wood, dried herbs, licorice, and a Provencal/garrigue smell. Some peppery notes even came through. Full-bodied, concentrated, and fat, with high glycerin levels, a chewy, plush, succulent personality, sweet tannin, gobs of fruit, and a long, heady finish, this 1997 is already disarmingly delicious, but should age nicely for 12-15 years
Bright, medium-dark ruby. Pretty floral red cherry aroma with hints of tar and mushroom. More red cherry on the palate, reinforced by spicy tea leaf and woodsy nuances. Lively acids keep this pleasant, uncomplicated wine light on its feet. The peppery finish is tad short, though.
Here's a wine that showcases a nice evolution: Initial fruit aromas give way to toasted wood, vanilla and bramble. Overall, it shows a clean, linear quality, although it does end strong with oak notes; astringent but very persistent on the finish.
The 1998 Chianti Classico Il Poggio exhibits sweet black cherry liqueur notes intermixed with saddle leather and dried herbs. Medium-bodied, with good acidity, sweet tannin, and an austere personality, it will drink well for 7-10 years.