Castello di Monsanto

Riserva Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend

9.054 ratings
9.16 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
Jay Kline

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.

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.

Feb 25th, 2021
Ian Staub

What a wine, and an incredible value. Organic Chianti Classico is hard to come by and at $20 I can't imagine it gets much better than this. It's got all the hallmarks - snappy red cherry fruit, sweet florals, dusty earth, musky leather, herbs, all layered in an incredible complete package. Beautiful texture, with high acid and generous tannin, somehow this drinks well today but shows it can surely go for a couple decades. I'm looking forward to seeing where this ends up.

What a wine, and an incredible value. Organic Chianti Classico is hard to come by and at $20 I can't imagine it gets much better than this. It's got all the hallmarks - snappy red cherry fruit, sweet florals, dusty earth, musky leather, herbs, all layered in an incredible complete package. Beautiful texture, with high acid and generous tannin, somehow this drinks well today but shows it can surely go for a couple decades. I'm looking forward to seeing where this ends up.

Oct 31st, 2020
Josh Morgenthau

Closed initially, a little dry and tannic with a smidgeon of va. However, with air a striking prune-plum and bramble fruit aroma builds, along with notes of dark roast coffee and smoked herbs... and this becomes more and more enjoyable. Night two and it’s downright complex. Very snappy! Lots of acid to help it age. I’m hard pressed to think of a better value Chianti.

Closed initially, a little dry and tannic with a smidgeon of va. However, with air a striking prune-plum and bramble fruit aroma builds, along with notes of dark roast coffee and smoked herbs... and this becomes more and more enjoyable. Night two and it’s downright complex. Very snappy! Lots of acid to help it age. I’m hard pressed to think of a better value Chianti.

Jul 27th, 2020
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.3

Still one of the best wine values in the world. Savory and delicious.

Still one of the best wine values in the world. Savory and delicious.

1 person found it helpfulJun 2nd, 2020
Malcolm Trimble

Dark ruby with aroma of dark fruit. Smooth dry on the palate with dark cherries plum leather. This is a really good Chianti

Dark ruby with aroma of dark fruit. Smooth dry on the palate with dark cherries plum leather. This is a really good Chianti

Mar 9th, 2021
Erica Sal

Didn’t like it at first, was better 2nd and 3rd day

Didn’t like it at first, was better 2nd and 3rd day

Feb 15th, 2021
Robert Stackowiak

Classic fragrance and taste. Great cherry, nice finish. Will be looking for this again. February 2021.

Classic fragrance and taste. Great cherry, nice finish. Will be looking for this again. February 2021.

Feb 11th, 2021
Alan Snitow

Excellent

Excellent

Jan 19th, 2021
Chris Koupal

My favorite Chianti. Never disappoints. Great value.

My favorite Chianti. Never disappoints. Great value.

Jan 16th, 2021
Anne stewart

Dry and bold like I like them!

Dry and bold like I like them!

Jan 1st, 2021