Tasted double blind. Ruby red core, medium viscosity, clean with developing vinosity, medium plus intensity, stewed black plums, black cherry and cranberry, red flowers, underbrush, myrtle, leather, clay, European oak; On the palate, dry, medium plus body, high acid and high tannin. Red and black fruit with cranberries. Savory underbrush and conditioned leather. This is killer, easily the best vintage of Monsanto CCR I’ve ever had. — 3 years ago
Deep ruby coloration. On the nose, minerals, forest floor, oak, vanilla, leather and cherry. On the palate, cherry, cassis, vanilla, minerals and leather. Long finish of the same. Medium to Full body, rich mouthfeel and strong tannins that are nicely balanced. — 3 years ago
Too young but still awesome. Will definitely improve with age — 3 years ago
Earth heaven. Dry juices extracted from tobacco, forest floor, and dark, dark cherry. Layered in your mouth and evolved in your throat. I thought I was in heaven but Tammy pulled me back because she felt it didn’t have the great lingering expressive finish... okay, true. — 3 years ago
Baking spices, dried flowers, and leather on the nose. It might “only be” a Chianti Classico, but when when you have a quality producer, their whole range can shine and at 23years, this wine is in a great spot. Dried cherries and plums in the palate with some spice notes. Beautiful wine! — 3 years ago
Nose has ripe plum, dark chocolate covered cherry, ripe raspberry, wet leather, damp wood smoke with light alcohol/menthol trailing.
Palate has ripe black cherry, ripe plum, blackberry jam, fresh black currant, dried licorice, faint vanilla, dark roast coffee grounds, yet mild tannins persist. Long finish, very satisfying.
Decanted ~8H and more time is appreciated, although it's been improving nicely in our glasses. Paired to my homemade red sauce, campanelle pasta and local hot/sweet pork sausage, great match.
Valentine's Day 2021!
This could be a 94 point wine in a few years, future bottles can be enjoyed 2024-28, in proper storage. — 3 years ago
Always beautiful! Soft balsamic. — 3 years ago