Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2010
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Ruby red color tending towards garnet. A rich intense and complex bouquet with notes of black cherry and spice. The palate is full bodied with rich red berry fruit flavors complimenting a backbone of tannin. An exceptional compliment to red meats, roasts and game.
Decanter - "Very immediate on the nose, with ripe summer fruit and hints of powder puff and pot pourri. Very young and intense but still a little unsettled on the palate, with some traditional oak aromas still to be assimilated, intriguing complexity and great potential."
James Suckling - "This is very aromatic with dried flowers and black cherries. Full body, very fresh acidity and beautiful fruit. This is long and racy. So delicious now with a mineral undertone and a clean finish. Drink or hold."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Readers should do whatever they can to get their hands on Monsanto's 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva, a wine that captures the full pedigree of this great Tuscan vintage, and at a reasonable price. Brisk, saline notes form the backbone, as this expressive, nuanced Riserva shows off its focus, delineation and pure clarity. One of the best wines of the year in its price range, the 2010 is all class. Juicy dark berries, flowers, tobacco and spices add complexity over time, but it is the wine's overall finesse that makes the most lasting impression of all. Monsanto has been a bit inconsistent in recent years, but when they get it right the results are striking, as the 2010 Riserva amply proves. This is a fabulous showing."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva sees more contact with barrel (neutral tonneaux and barrique) but you can hardly tell. This stunning expression exudes femininity and elegance. Wild berries, tar, licorice and balsam herbs emerge softly from the bouquet."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright red. Pure aromas of flowers, red cherry and cinnamon. Sweet and luscious in the mouth, with penetrating red berry and mineral flavors that linger nicely on the vibrant finish. Great entry-level Chianti."
Wine Spectator - "Cherry, raspberry, leather and spice flavors highlight this rich, succulent red, which is firm, yet balanced and integrated, with a long, cherry-and-spice-tinged finish. "
Wine & Spirits - "Layering scents of plum skin and cherries over roasted tomatoes, this wine is broad and rich. The tannins feel round but still carry an edge, helping to lend clarity and focus to the flavors. Substantial enough for pasta with boar ragù."
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Castello di Monsanto Winery
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. View all Castello di Monsanto Wines
About TuscanyView a map of Tuscany wineries (TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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9 ratings, 4 with reviewsWilfred Wong (of Wine.com) - San Francisco, CA45/27/2014
Monsanto Chianti Classico 2010- This is a really fine effort, ripe and polish, yet true to its origin; rounds itself onto the palate; smooth and layered in the finish. One of the best Chianti Classicos in the marketplaceanthony montemuro - Brentwood, TN59/28/2014
- Smooth & Supple
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- Veal > Chops
This is a real beauty. Medium bodied red full of energy. The nose is dominated by red berries and flowers. Super smooth on the palate with flavors of cherry, cranberry, sweet tobacco and licorice. Mouthwatering salinity on the finish.Very good price given the quality and the fame of this producer.jpg7 - New York, NY38/26/2014Bill McKenzie - High Point, NC48/11/2014
- Smooth & Supple
A great wine with the right bite. Not too heavy, nice follow through,one of the better Chiantis.57/26/2014A favorite Chianti!Larry G. - Manorville, NY36/22/2014montes alpha - Carson, CA56/18/2014
- Earth & Spicy
mauibill - Nokomis, FL45/28/2014Todd Sonnier - Baton Rouge, LA44/3/2014
- Smooth & Supple
- Smooth & Supple
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- Pizza > Meat
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
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