Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

A classic!  New vintage is here!
2019 Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva...$31.99

The 2019 Chianti Classico Riserva is 90% Sangiovese and the rest Canaiolo and Colorino, raised only in used barrique and large cask. It pours a pure ruby and has floral and herbal aromas of cherry candy, black raspberry, forest herbs, tomato leaf, and dried roses. It is medium to full bodied, with good concentration, fine tannins, and a long, clean finish, and it is savory with dried herbs, oregano, dried cherry, salty earth, and an angular structure. This pure and detailed wine is going to be a fantastic one to cellar and to drink 2025-2040.
Rated 94/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Sweet-berry, cherry and orange-peel aromas and flavors. Full-bodied with lightly chewy tannins and a fresh, vivid finish. A dusty mouth feel to it. Tangy at the end. So solid. Will age beautifully. Drink or hold.
Rated 94/100 James Suckling
The Riservas from across the appellation are showing very well in 2019. This wine is no exception. The 2019 Chianti Classico Riserva (which is a blend of 90% Sangiovese with Canaiolo and Colorino aged in different-sized oak barrels for up to 18 months) offers pretty richness and concentration. The wine's ample volume is fleshed out with dark fruit, spice and blue flower. It should be fun to try this wine in five years' time, when it loses its baby fat. Happily, production is very generous, with 200,000 bottles made.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 93/100 Vinous Media

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