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Date Printed: 10/23/2014
Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2005
Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2005
(search item no. 96495)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/23/2014: $22.99

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
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2005 Chianti Classico Riserva reveals a profile of red berries, herbs, crushed flowers and spices. The wine possesses an attractive up-front personality and finessed tannins, but it does taper off a bit on the mid-palate. In this rain-plagued vintage Monsanto did not produce its Riserva Il Poggio, and the best fruit from that site was added to this Riserva bottling, which was aged in a variety of used French oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2017.
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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.