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.
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
Not sure how long your wine will age? Check out or vintage chart to guide your drinking and cellaring decisions!