Castello di Monsanto – Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2017
90% sangiovese 10% canaiolo/colorino druiven
Vinificatie in rvs met maceratie van rond 20 dagen. De wijn rijpt voor 18 mnd. in kleinere 2e jaars eiken vaten en 3 mnd. in fles voordat zij klaar is voor consumptie.
Het label is sinds de eerste wijn in 1961 nooit veranderd.
Een geconcentreerde en complexe wijn met heerlijke aroma’s van donker fruit, pruimen, menthol, cederhout en tabak. Elegant, evenwichtig, zeer goede balans door het uitstekende jaargang 2016, nu al zeer goed drinkbaar, nu wat ingetogen maar veel potentie om te ouderen.
“The 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva is bold, ample and powerful, with a real sense of breadth in this vintage. The tannins need time to soften, as the wine is a bit burly at this stage. This is another stellar release for a wine that routinely overachieves its peer group and price. Dense and packed, with tremendous structure, the 2015 has a lot to say. But readers will have to be patient, as it is very clearly early days for this wine.” VINOUS”
“Castello di Monsanto is in a warm pocket but the vineyards are well-ventilated by sea breezes and temperatures fall sharply at night. The Bianchi family uses autochthonous grapes only for their Chianti Classico. In the Riserva, Colorino is added for colour and Canaiolo Nero for its floral bouquet. Vibrant and clearly defined aromas of pepper, dogwood flower and red cherry lead into a much more austere expression on the palate. It possesses a tight yet succulent core with assertive tannins and a long, earthy and savoury finish where nuances of iron and orange peel promise an appetising future.” Decanter”
“Tight and tannic for now, featuring cherry, black currant, leather, iron, juniper and tar flavors. Firmly structured, meaty and balanced on the tannic side, with a lingering finish.” Wine Spectator”
“Aromas of plums, cherries and hints of green olives. White truffles and deep earth, too. Full-bodied, so layered and beautiful with a fabulous texture and ripe tannins. It is so pure and minimalist in the end, showing the effect of traditional, hands-off winemaking. Don’t miss this. Decant before serving. One for the cellar.” James Suckling”
Offering richness, density and a sharply delineated approach, the 2016 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. Pair it with a veal and mushroom lasagna.
Robert Parker (Monica Larner: 93 RP)
Huis: Castello di Monsanto
Subgebied: Chianti Classico