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Date Printed: 8/30/2014
Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 1999
Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 1999
(search item no. 54796)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
Wine Spectator rating: 85 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Decanter rating: 95 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Medium ruby.

Bouquet: Sweet.

Palate: Elegant and robust. Considered to be the finest example of Chianti Classico. It is the barometer by which all Tuscan wines are judged.

Recommended with: Pasta, pizza, meat dishes and a variety of cheeses.

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About Castello di Monsanto:

In 1961 Fabrizio Bianchi, a successful textile manufacturer from Milan, purchased Castello di Monsanto and, in so doing, realized a long-held dream. Captivated by the beauty of Tuscany and convinced of the property's winemaking potential, Bianchi undertook the complete restoration of the vineyards and winery, while his wife, Giuliana, oversaw the restoration of the villa. Bianchi has relentlessly pursued the highest standards of quality, with particular emphasis on grape selection, natural vinification and a judicious use of technology.