Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Fermented to Near Perfection

Wine Review: 2011 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

Seldom are we fortunate enough to have the pleasure of tasting such a fine example of the Sangiovese grape fermented to near perfection. Monsanto has grabbed my attention and kept it focused with this 2011 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva. 

The wine is made in the Chianti Classico Riserva D.O.C.G. appellation in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy in the production area of Monsanto in the Barberino Val d’Elsa estate vineyards.

Tuscany map Monsanto Chianti Classico

Classic rose petal and wild strawberry aromas waft from the glass to your olfactory receptors moments after the wine is poured. The flavors reflect a strawberry, cherry component with the backdrop of tobacco and leather hovering in the background.

Vibrant acidity balanced with pronounced forward tannins makes this Chianti Classico a perfect match for tomato based dishes like Chicken Cacciatore or classic Bolognese sauce with pappardelle.

Rating: Excellent (92) | $23 | 13.0 % ABV

Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

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Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.

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