2015 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva SKU #1403128

Price: $23.99

JS 96 DC 94 WS 94
VN 92
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  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    Delicious as always! It's great to welcome another excellent vintage of this wine to the store. I tasted this Chianti last Saturday, and it showed beautifully, with bright red crunchy cherry notes, sandalwood spice and a long savory finish. While it's been a perennial favorite at K&L, Castello di Monsanto continues to live up to the hype.
  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    When a wine strikes my palate like a micro-meteorite, pinging and sending waves of pleasure straight to my olfactory receptors, I look up to the sky and give the stars a thank you, well knowing that those twinkling points of light really had nothing to do with it, that wine is a joyfully delicious earth-born substance, and that it is good. And believe me, the Monsanto is very good, and over the next few years will be even better. With a Mars Attack, excuse me, marvelous attack of bright, resplendently ripe fruit- morello cherries, dark plums and blackcurrants, framed by laserlike tannins, harmonizing acidity and savory spice, this classic Chianti has the components to jettison it well into the future. Not out of this world, only because it's of this world! Enjoy.
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    This historic estate continues its tradition of producing one of the best Chianti Riservas with the release of their stellar 2015. The signature fruit of a warm vintage is immediate yet there's plenty of underlying structure and freshness in this impressive Chianti. While it's thoroughly enjoyable now, it will certainly improve with a couple of years in the cellar.
  • 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.
  • Robert Cash
    By: Robert Cash
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2015 Castello Riserva greets you with a deep, bold and expressive nose of ripe dark fruits, raisin, plum and spice box. On the palate, there is a pleasing interplay of tannins, fruit, and acidity with savory notes that combine to make this an exceptionally food-friendly wine. This is a wine of great structure that while approachable now, will continue to age for years to come. I can't wait to see what this is like a few years down the road!
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2015 vintage shows some ripeness on the nose but is still definitive Monsanto. The nose has the classic earth, leather, spice nose with layers of wild brush, hints of smoke and wild cherry that the Castello di Monsanto historically shows. On the palate the Sangiovese’s length shows immediately and adds lots of structure and balance to this richer vintage. I love Monsanto they’re always a power and precision wine and this vintage is that, the flavors are a mix of earth, spice, this wine is always more savory than fruity but, in this vintage, the wild cherry shows a little more and texturally there is an extra cushion adding to the depth. The finish shows the intertwining of tannin and acids over a long and balanced structure, you can drink this wine now, I’d decant 2-3 hours first but Monsanto’s real power rests in its ability to age. This wine will last 20+ years without any problems and at 10 years from the vintage you’ll be able to get an evolved and mature wine that will lose most of its youthful sassiness. I’m putting this into my cellar you should too.
    Drink from 2019 to 2040
  • Rachel Alcarraz
    By: Rachel Alcarraz
    K&L Staff Member
    A wine known for its texture and fervency does not disappoint, especially with the concentration of the 2015 vintage. On the nose as well as the palate, the notes of freshly grated cinnamon and clove impressively lead the character of this wine. It is intermixed with the deep blackberry, raspberry and plum notes of the wine while a rich undertone of cocoa and black tea linger throughout. It is a full bodied Chianti with beautiful sweet fruit, rich savory flavors and a smooth, dry finish. Every year I am surprised by how much I like this wine, hopefully next time I will give it the credit it is due.
  • Ryan Moses
    By: Ryan Moses
    K&L Staff Member
    Brilliant aromatics of wild strawberry, leather, and mint keep you coming back to the glass. That alone is worth the price of admission. The palate is pure, fresh, and vibrant with crisp cherry, fine grain tannins, and lively acidity that carries the finish. Wonderful on its own, but better with a meal, this is a wine that shows the graceful side of Sangiovese and is a wonderful representative of just how good the 2015 vintage can be.


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