2006 Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva SKU #1052401


RP 91 WE 91
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Tasting Notes

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "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." (08/09) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "With 10% Canaiolo, this Sangiovese-based Riserva opens with very pristine fruit and berry aromas followed by delicate shadings of leather and spice. The integration is terrific and so is the freshness of the finish." (04/11)

Staff Reviews

  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    I met Fabrizio Bianchi from Monsanto in the early eighties and have been a fan & follower ever since. Mr. Bianchi is certainly one of the earliest pioneers in trying to change the image of Chianti as well as the grapes involved. Fabrizio is a big believer in Sangiovese, the main grape in Chianti and the backbone of most Tuscan wines and was one of the first in Chianti to make wines 100% Sangiovese in the early 70’s.The terroir of this region is evident and expressed consistently, spicy, mineral laden, complex fruits and good acidity.


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