Castello di Monsanto

Riserva Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend

8.956 ratings
9.06 pro ratings
Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Sangiovese Blend
Goose, Game, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Chili & Hot Spicy, Duck, Pasta, Herbs, Beans & Peas, Mushrooms, Onion, Veal, Hard Cheese, Pork, Tomato-Based, Pungent Cheese, Chicken, Turkey, Salami & Prosciutto, Soft Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Matt Lasater

Brimming with black cherry and plum fruit, leather, followed by cooling flavors of juniper, clove, and arid underbrush. Love the spine this has, classy with chalky tannin. Digging it!

Brimming with black cherry and plum fruit, leather, followed by cooling flavors of juniper, clove, and arid underbrush. Love the spine this has, classy with chalky tannin. Digging it!

Jan 18th, 2019
Lyn Farmer

The color is surprisingly advanced with a good deal of brick/garnet in the rim.. Otherwise the color is medium Ruby and on the nose there is leather, cherry, anise and a bit of dried red flower petals. Medium high acidity, well balanced tannins and good length on the finish. Elegant more than powerful and already drinking well

The color is surprisingly advanced with a good deal of brick/garnet in the rim.. Otherwise the color is medium Ruby and on the nose there is leather, cherry, anise and a bit of dried red flower petals. Medium high acidity, well balanced tannins and good length on the finish. Elegant more than powerful and already drinking well

Nov 16th, 2018
Beau Carson

Tough to ever go wrong with this bottle.

Tough to ever go wrong with this bottle.

Apr 16th, 2018
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

9.2

This is quite a bit darker than previous vintages. Palate is right on though. Firm tannin, rustic through and through with barnyard, roasted meat, smoke, and charcoal. Elegance body, layered, nuanced and contemplative. A consistently great wine vintage to vintage.

This is quite a bit darker than previous vintages. Palate is right on though. Firm tannin, rustic through and through with barnyard, roasted meat, smoke, and charcoal. Elegance body, layered, nuanced and contemplative. A consistently great wine vintage to vintage.

Mar 31st, 2018
Kiley Baker

Certified Specialist of Wine/Educator/Owner of Wine Genie LLC

8.9

Nice rec from friends at Boulder Wine Merchant.

Nice rec from friends at Boulder Wine Merchant.

Nov 12th, 2017
Doggfather

Nothing special.

Nothing special.

Aug 21st, 2019
Sam Friedland

Still tannic, cherry bouquet.

Still tannic, cherry bouquet.

Aug 12th, 2019
Chris B.

We heeded the advice of others on here and decanted for a few hours. Very happy with this bottle - lots of acidity and dried fruits up the wazoo: strawberries, black cherries, sun-dried tomatoes... it reeks of expensive leather. The tannins are just right, even if the wine as a whole is lacking that certain something to push it to the next level.

We heeded the advice of others on here and decanted for a few hours. Very happy with this bottle - lots of acidity and dried fruits up the wazoo: strawberries, black cherries, sun-dried tomatoes... it reeks of expensive leather. The tannins are just right, even if the wine as a whole is lacking that certain something to push it to the next level.

Jun 3rd, 2019
Peter Sultan

So solid, dark fruits & grip, has a density & elegance belying its price

So solid, dark fruits & grip, has a density & elegance belying its price

Feb 23rd, 2019
Casey Schneider-Mizell

A well-crafted wine that evolves nicely on the palette. Starts with plum skin, leather, wood, and mulling spices before opening up into black cherry flesh.

A well-crafted wine that evolves nicely on the palette. Starts with plum skin, leather, wood, and mulling spices before opening up into black cherry flesh.

Feb 20th, 2019