Castello di Monsanto

Riserva Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend

8.999 ratings
9.05 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
Austin Hohnke

Truly impressive for the price ($20). Black cherry, currant, plum skin, herbs, fennel, and coffee grounds. Air is very kind as this wine seems to have just entered its ideal drinking window and will have plenty of time here. Medium + acidity, tannin, and alcohol.

Truly impressive for the price ($20). Black cherry, currant, plum skin, herbs, fennel, and coffee grounds. Air is very kind as this wine seems to have just entered its ideal drinking window and will have plenty of time here. Medium + acidity, tannin, and alcohol.

Oct 10th, 2021
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
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
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.

1 person found it helpfulJan 1st, 2019
Ming L
9.1

Darker fruit profile on the nose than previous vintages with blackberry, black currant, strawberry, dry tree bark, and sage. Taste young and fresh with lovely snappy red cherry. Quite powerful tannins for a Chianti Classical.

Darker fruit profile on the nose than previous vintages with blackberry, black currant, strawberry, dry tree bark, and sage. Taste young and fresh with lovely snappy red cherry. Quite powerful tannins for a Chianti Classical.

Sep 20th, 2022
David Moore

Excellent

Excellent

Sep 4th, 2021
Patty Rubessa

A bit caustic

A bit caustic

Mar 8th, 2021
Sam Friedland

Needs time to open up. At the beginning was quite aggressive. Nice fruit. Second night was really great! Needs another two years.

Needs time to open up. At the beginning was quite aggressive. Nice fruit. Second night was really great! Needs another two years.

Aug 23rd, 2020