Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2006
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
A blend of 90% Sangiovese, 7% Canaiolo and 3% Colorino.
Made with grapes from a further selection, first in the vineyard and aferward in the winery, this Riserva consists of Sangioves (90%) and Canaiolo and Colorino (10%). It has excellent potential for aging.
"The estate’s 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva is delicious. Black cherries, herbs, tobacco and spices come together in a dark, brooding expression of Sangiovese framed by big, massive tannins. This finish is long and intense. Today the wine requires serious patience, but there is little question that it will be superb in a few years time. I can’t wait to see what Monsanto has done with its top of the line Il Poggio in this vintage. In the meantime, the 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva is a highlight; and a terrific value as well. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2026.
The Wine Advocate
"This easily available Riserva offers an interesting nose that combines smoked aromas of cured meat and bacon with ripe notes of mature plum and blackberry. That same intensity transfers to the palate, suggesting a pairing with roasted leg of lamb. With small percentages of Colorino and Canaiolo, this is a classic Tuscan wine."
This is a great wine. It is always my go to gift at every holiday party! If you haven't tried it, please do because you are missing out on wonderful Chianti.
Smooth & Supple
VERY GOOD CHIANTI....
Medium magenta garnet color, lighter narrow rim. Deep black cherry character on the nose accompanied by dried herb, vanilla & spice. The palate continues to open even after several hours - full-bodied with sturdy tannins and focused acidity. Black cherry & black fruit make their mark but in a quiet way. The mid-palate is exciting, with chocolaty dried-fruit tannins running headlong into a distinct mineral (almost salty) character. Quiet fruit & mineral finish, lengthy warm linger. This seems to lean toward "Old World" and is outstanding, though I suspect it will age nicely for several years and be even better.
this is a very nice wine: smooth and great with homemade pizza. advice: decant it for an hour before drinking...it needs to open up.
Earthy & Spicy
Cheese > Semi-Firm, Lamb, Veal
Acutely 3.25 stars. This is a balanced bottle of wine. You can easily pick that it is old world. On the nose, it is very vibrant. There are many things going on. It is very earthy. I get dried leaves, wet stones, mud, herbs, empty cigar box, some spices, and surprisingly a little hint of caramel! On the palate, it has a little (hollow). It is dry and medium bodied (I wouldn't say full bodied). Mid-palate is not as vibrant as what I get on the nose, but is still decently put together. It has acidity (like good old world wines.) Tannins in this wine are very much new-world like. It has a considerably long finish and is lighter than what you would expect from what you get on the nose. This wine has not peaked yet. It still needs some patience. The flavors in this wine are vibrant the most on the nose and are lighter on the palate. I like it for casual weekdays drinking. I think it is a solid bottle of wine. Cheese is a good thing to pair this wine withe (Appenzeller & Gruyere Swiss.) I am 89 on this effort. Happy drinking!
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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.
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