2015 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva
Sangiovese - 750ML
  • JS 96
  • WS 94
  • DC 94
  • VN 92
  • WA 90

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JS 96
jamessuckling.com, September 2018
Aromas of plums, cherries and hints of green olives. White truffles and deep earth, too. Full-bodied, so layered and beautiful with a fabulous texture and ripe tannins. It is so pure and minimalist in the end, showing the... Aromas of plums, cherries and hints of green olives. White truffles and deep earth, too. Full-bodied, so layered and beautiful with a fabulous texture and ripe tannins. It is so pure and minimalist in the end, showing the effect of traditional, hands-off winemaking. Don’t miss this. Decant before serving. One for the cellar. Drink or hold.
WS 94
Wine Spectator, October 2018
Tight and tannic for now, featuring cherry, black currant, leather, iron, juniper and tar flavors. Firmly structured, meaty and balanced on the tannic side, with a lingering finish. Best from 2021 through 2035. 26,000... Tight and tannic for now, featuring cherry, black currant, leather, iron, juniper and tar flavors. Firmly structured, meaty and balanced on the tannic side, with a lingering finish. Best from 2021 through 2035. 26,000 cases made.
DC 94
Decanter, February 2019
Castello di Monsanto is in a warm pocket but the vineyards are well-ventilated by sea breezes and temperatures fall sharply at night. The Bianchi family uses autochthonous grapes only for their Chianti Classico. In the... Castello di Monsanto is in a warm pocket but the vineyards are well-ventilated by sea breezes and temperatures fall sharply at night. The Bianchi family uses autochthonous grapes only for their Chianti Classico. In the Riserva, Colorino is added for colour and Canaiolo Nero for its floral bouquet. Vibrant and clearly defined aromas of pepper, dogwood flower and red cherry lead into a much more austere expression on the palate. It possesses a tight yet succulent core with assertive tannins and a long, earthy and savoury finish where nuances of iron and orange peel promise an appetising future.
VN 92
Vinous, February 2019
92+ The 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva is bold, ample and powerful, with a real sense of breadth in this vintage. The tannins need time to soften, as the wine is a bit burly at this stage. This is another stellar release... 92+ The 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva is bold, ample and powerful, with a real sense of breadth in this vintage. The tannins need time to soften, as the wine is a bit burly at this stage. This is another stellar release for a wine that routinely overachieves its peer group and price. Dense and packed, with tremendous structure, the 2015 has a lot to say. But readers will have to be patient, as it is very clearly early days for this wine. -- Antonio Galloni
WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, November 2018
The 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva opens to dark color richness and savory aromas. There is black fruit at the core of this wine, but the aromatic contours also embrace fleeting tones of smoked bacon, dark spice and garden... The 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva opens to dark color richness and savory aromas. There is black fruit at the core of this wine, but the aromatic contours also embrace fleeting tones of smoked bacon, dark spice and garden potting soil. You feel the heat and exuberance of the vintage in the mouth, especially where soft fruit fiber is contrasted against the natural energy and acidic brightness of the Sangiovese grape (blended with 10% Canaiolo and Colorino in this case). - Monica Larner
Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Chianti
Vintage 2015
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

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The Chianti Classico Riserva comes from a selection of grapes from vineyards which are more suitable for long maturing. Vinified in steel with maceration of about 20 days, and then in smaller wooden barrels for about 18 months. The wine is typically a blend of 90% Sangiovese, with Canaiolo and Colorino comprising the remainder.

Winery

Castello di Monsanto

Castello di Monsanto is a family owned and operated wine estate located in Chianti, Tuscany. Fabrizio Bianchi founded the winery in 1962 and produced the first 6,000 bottles of the Chianti Classico Cru, Il Poggio. He pioneered the use of only 3 grapes (Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino), eliminating white grapes (Malvasia and Trebbiano) from the Chianti Classico blend.

The 72-hectare vineyards are located between 260 and 310 meters above sea level. Out of these 72, 56 hectares are planted with Sangiovese found in the Il Poggio vineyard and a small percentage of Canaiolo and Colorino. The Valdigallo vineyard produces Chardonnay and the Il Mulino vineyard is the ideal place for the production of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Castello di Monsanto has a unique cellar which is worth a visit. The three-hundred-meter tunnel links the new cellars to the castle’s 18th-century ones and was built by hand-split marl stones using ancient Medieval techniques.