Castello di Monsanto

Riserva Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend

8.949 ratings
9.04 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
Jordan Wardlaw

Fairly closed right now but with very fine complexity on the palate. Tobacco, anise and spice notes more dominant on the nose, but I love the overall shape and contour and the acid and tannin profile for the long term. Give it at least a couple of years if you want to see some real fruit.

Fairly closed right now but with very fine complexity on the palate. Tobacco, anise and spice notes more dominant on the nose, but I love the overall shape and contour and the acid and tannin profile for the long term. Give it at least a couple of years if you want to see some real fruit.

Oct 7th, 2019
Johnno Harris

Has entered a very reductive phase. Needed lots of time to open up.

Has entered a very reductive phase. Needed lots of time to open up.

Aug 10th, 2019
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

8.7

I usually love this wine. Not my favorite vintage.

I usually love this wine. Not my favorite vintage.

Jun 1st, 2019
Paul Mason

Open 4 hrs before drinking, new world style Sangiovese. Needs 2-3 years. 89+ now potential for 91.

Open 4 hrs before drinking, new world style Sangiovese. Needs 2-3 years. 89+ now potential for 91.

Jan 1st, 2019
Joe F
8.8

Needed time to open up. Not as impressive as what I would have expected...I was looking for a wine with tannins and acid but instead this was like a Pinot noir of Chianti.... smooth and discreet....

Needed time to open up. Not as impressive as what I would have expected...I was looking for a wine with tannins and acid but instead this was like a Pinot noir of Chianti.... smooth and discreet....

1 person found it helpfulJul 26th, 2019
Alan Hyde

I think I just don’t like Chianti because this is supposed to be a good one.

I think I just don’t like Chianti because this is supposed to be a good one.

Oct 7th, 2019
Stephen Osgood

Very dark and not a lot of tannic structure. Gets the job done for DOCG Chianti sub $20 πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ.

Very dark and not a lot of tannic structure. Gets the job done for DOCG Chianti sub $20 πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ.

Sep 28th, 2019
Chip Habegger

Typically love Chianti Riserva, but struggled here. Eventually opens a bit on the front to very dark fruit and earth, but back end stays closed.

Typically love Chianti Riserva, but struggled here. Eventually opens a bit on the front to very dark fruit and earth, but back end stays closed.

Sep 23rd, 2019
Joe Gonzalez

Very smooth after it opens up. πŸ˜‰

Very smooth after it opens up. πŸ˜‰

Sep 9th, 2019
Jan de Weerd

Rich, penetrating wine with bright red fruit and vibrant acidity and dry, slightly spicy edge.

Rich, penetrating wine with bright red fruit and vibrant acidity and dry, slightly spicy edge.

Jun 23rd, 2019