90+ Bargains: Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva (RP93, $17.95)

October 1, 2013 Uncategorized  No comments

Critics say the regulations that go along with the Italian DOCG designation squelches innovation and creativity, but there is a reason it is the most coveted (and strict) designation.  Wines with this designation have complied with a series of standards created to ensure top quality.   On top of that, the 38 month minimum in the barrel to achieve the Riserva label explains how this medium-bodied Chianti scored #31 on Wine Spectator’s top 100.

This wine gets off to a modest start but the black cherry notes take over and the long dry finish brings together this top notch Chianti.   Four scores of 92 points and higher pretty much sums up the consensus.

Seems like a pretty good $40 Chianti, right?  It is.  But it’s an insane $18 one.  And that’s what it sells for.

Buy Here: Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva $17.95

2012 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #31

Wine Advocate 93 points

“The 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva is striking. Succulent dark cherries, flowers, mint and licorice burst from the glass in this exuberant, sexy Riserva. The tannins are nearly buried by the opulent fruit, but the wine retains great balance, while avoiding any sense of heaviness. The 2009 captures the heat and richness of the year while never abandoning its classic sense of structure. This is a superb wine from Monsanto with plenty of upside potential. Sweet floral notes add an elegant, feminine touch to the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021.

This is a solid set of new releases from Monsanto. I also retasted the 2007 Il Poggio and Nemo, but found the wines essentially the same as I did last year, which is to say well below the benchmark that has been set at this historic estate.” (WA)

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