Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2018

Producer: Castello Di Monsanto

An accessible example of the unique style and character of Castello di Monsanto wines. This multi-faceted wine can be enjoyed straight away or left to develop and evolve as the years roll by. It is our most widely produced wine by far, underlining our company’s belief in Sangiovese, which acquires a strength and an energy from our soil that must be patiently awaited. One of the oldest wines in Italy, it appeared on the market in the 1960s and has become an ambassador for the entire denomination around the world.

Vintage: 2018
Production Area: Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. Riserva
Type: Red Table Wine
Alcohol: 14%
Sugar: .8g/l
Grape Varieties: Sangiovese-90, Colorino-10
Color: Ruby red
Taste: Offering richness, density and a sharply delineated approach, the 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.
Food Matching: Pair it with a veal and mushroom lasagna.
Vinification: In temperature controlled truncated conical steel vats with emptying system (Délestage) and pumping over for about 18/20 days.
Aging: Partly in 500-liter French oak barrels and partly in 225-liter barriques, followed by bottle aging.
Accolades: James Suckling (95 pts), Robert Parker (92 pts), Wine Enthusiast (94 pts), Vinous (92 pts)