2016 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva
Sangiovese - 750ML
  • JS 94
  • WS 94
  • WA 93
  • VN 92

Reg: $29.94

$26.94

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Reg: $29.94

$26.94

This product is
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JS 94
jamessuckling.com, June 2019
A fresh and bright red with sliced-orange and black-cherry aromas and flavors. Medium body. Tight and compact. Long and flavorful finish. Will age beautifully. Drink or hold.
WS 94
Wine Spectator, January 2019
This is packed with black currant, black cherry, floral and juniper aromas and flavors. The tannins are assertive, matched to bracing acidity and a touch of heat. A bit boisterous today, but this should settle down nicely... expand This is packed with black currant, black cherry, floral and juniper aromas and flavors. The tannins are assertive, matched to bracing acidity and a touch of heat. A bit boisterous today, but this should settle down nicely over time. Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino. Best from 2022 through 2039. 26,000 cases made, 17,000 cases imported. — BS collapse
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2019
Offering richness, density and a sharply delineated approach, the 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva is an elegant but also classic expression from this storied estate. The best qualities of this vintage come through here with... expand Offering richness, density and a sharply delineated approach, the 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva is an elegant but also classic expression from this storied estate. The best qualities of this vintage come through here with tight and focused fruit flavors and clear perfumes of wild cherry, rose and button mushroom. There is a lingering note of cherry sweetness that serves to glue the wine's other attributes, like its freshness and integrated tannins, together in harmony. Pair it with a veal and mushroom lasagna. - Monica Larner collapse
VN 92
Vinous, August 2019
The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva is a fabulous wine that punches well above its weight. Dark cherry, plum, licorice, spice, leather, lavender and tobacco all run through this wonderfully nuanced, vibrant Riserva. Already... expand The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva is a fabulous wine that punches well above its weight. Dark cherry, plum, licorice, spice, leather, lavender and tobacco all run through this wonderfully nuanced, vibrant Riserva. Already expressive and open, the 2016 will drink well for another 15+ years. Although not quite the value it was a few years ago, Monsanto's Riserva delivers serious quality for the money. Sweet floral notes extend this finish beautifully in this mid-weight, gracious, yet nicely structured Riserva from Monsanto. -- Antonio Galloni collapse
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Chianti
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

Label

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.