Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 1999
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.
Aromas of cherry, dried flowers, red licorice, cedar and sage rise from the glass to form a gorgeous, rich and interesting nose. The palate comes across as more advanced than expected but amazing none the less with strawberry, herbal tea with honey, minerals and bacon fat. The finish is long with sour cherry fruit and still shows a generous amount of fine tannin. This is classic in every way
A perfect example of a Sangiovese entering maturity. The color was red heading toward burnt orange. On the nose is a bouquet of dried flowers and potpourri, with undergrowth and tar, but all the while showing plum fruit and caramel. Take a sip and you find raspberry fruit, flower petals, rosemary and a hint of aged oak. The palate was silky smooth, but with a perfect balance of acidity that works to keep your mouth watering and craving another bite from your plate. The finish is full of sour berry, but not dry; instead it's fresh and smooth.
Drinking this wine in 2009. The nose is pretty fascinating. Red cherry notes, spice and something... brambly. Lots of tobacco. On the palate doesn't really taste ten years old. Acidity is high, but not overpowering. Flavors on the palate are a bit more low key. Lots of cherry. Hint of menthol.