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    Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2006
    Sangiovese - Tuscany, Italy

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    • RP91
    • WE90
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 91 The Wine Advocate, 90 Wine Enthusiast

    Region: Tuscany, Italy

    Varietal: Sangiovese

    Style: Big & Bold

    Item no. 98311

    Winemaker's Notes:

    A blend of 90% Sangiovese, 7% Canaiolo and 3% Colorino.

    Made with grapes from a further selection, first in the vineyard and aferward in the winery, this Riserva consists of Sangioves (90%) and Canaiolo and Colorino (10%). It has excellent potential for aging.

    Critical Acclaim:

    The estate’s 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva is delicious. Black cherries, herbs, tobacco and spices come together in a dark, brooding expression of Sangiovese framed by big, massive tannins. This finish is long and intense. Today the wine requires serious patience, but there is little question that it will be superb in a few years time. I can’t wait to see what Monsanto has done with its top of the line Il Poggio in this vintage. In the meantime, the 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva is a highlight; and a terrific value as well. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2026.

    91 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    This easily available Riserva offers an interesting nose that combines smoked aromas of cured meat and bacon with ripe notes of mature plum and blackberry. That same intensity transfers to the palate, suggesting a pairing with roasted leg of lamb. With small percentages of Colorino and Canaiolo, this is a classic Tuscan wine.

    90 Points
    Wine Enthusiast
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    User Reviews:

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    ambervh (3/30/2011)
    This is a great wine. It is always my go to gift at every holiday party! If you haven't tried it, please do because you are missing out on wonderful Chianti.
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    ANGEL CUENTAS (6/23/2011)
    VERY GOOD CHIANTI....
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    Coach W (1/17/2011)
    Medium magenta garnet color, lighter narrow rim. Deep black cherry character on the nose accompanied by dried herb, vanilla & spice. The palate continues to open even after several hours - full-bodied with sturdy tannins and focused acidity. Black cherry & black fruit make their mark but in a quiet way. The mid-palate is exciting, with chocolaty dried-fruit tannins running headlong into a distinct mineral (almost salty) character. Quiet fruit & mineral finish, lengthy warm linger. This seems to lean toward "Old World" and is outstanding, though I suspect it will age nicely for several years and be even better.
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    choward88 (12/21/2010)
    this is a very nice wine: smooth and great with homemade pizza. advice: decant it for an hour before drinking...it needs to open up.
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    111ImNumber1 (6/8/2011)
    Acutely 3.25 stars. This is a balanced bottle of wine. You can easily pick that it is old world. On the nose, it is very vibrant. There are many things going on. It is very earthy. I get dried leaves, wet stones, mud, herbs, empty cigar box, some spices, and surprisingly a little hint of caramel! On the palate, it has a little (hollow). It is dry and medium bodied (I wouldn't say full bodied). Mid-palate is not as vibrant as what I get on the nose, but is still decently put together. It has acidity (like good old world wines.) Tannins in this wine are very much new-world like. It has a considerably long finish and is lighter than what you would expect from what you get on the nose. This wine has not peaked yet. It still needs some patience. The flavors in this wine are vibrant the most on the nose and are lighter on the palate. I like it for casual weekdays drinking. I think it is a solid bottle of wine. Cheese is a good thing to pair this wine withe (Appenzeller & Gruyere Swiss.) I am 89 on this effort. Happy drinking!
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    Kim Lishia (6/7/2012)
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    David R Bebeau (6/7/2011)
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    Michael Giannuzzi (8/8/2012)
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    Michael DeFauw (5/6/2011)

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