The Chianti Classico Riserva from Castello di Monsanto comes from a selection of grapes from vineyards which are more suitable for long maturing. The property is a beautiful one– perched high on a hill in Chianti, making some of the finest Sangiovese in the region. In the difficult 2014 vintage, Castello di Monsanto didn’t seem to get slowed down the same way as some of their neighbors. They were still able to craft a delicate, beautiful age-worthy wine.
The 2014 vintage shows a ruby red color tending towards garnet. Rich, intense and complex nose with notes of black cherry and spice. It’s full-bodied with rich red berry fruit flavors complimenting a backbone of tannin. $25 on bottle one with two 91-point scores in its back pocket.
We were only able to pry away seven cases. If you love a good Italian Chianti, don’t be one of the ones left out!
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91 Pts, Wine Spectator
An elegant red, full of black currant, cherry, spice and herb flavors. Elegant and taut, in the traditional style, with fine complexity and a long finish. Best from 2018 through 2028.
91 Pts, James Suckling
A wealth of attractive fruit such as cherry and berry. Hints of spice. Medium body. Flavorful finish. An excellent Chianti Classic from 2014. Drink now.
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