Very structured elegance with strawberry cherry flavors while it finishes with a slight spice needs a little time before drinking....
Slightly sweet, smooth with full flavor. Mouth full, savory, supported by the elegant embrace and tannic acid.
Color: Ruby red tending towards garnetAroma: Rich, intense and complex with aromas of black cherry and spicePalate:
Nose: Aromas of blackberries and ripe blueberries, vegetable nods, murmurs balsamic.
Solid value for under $20. Pleasant on a cold winter evening. Cheers!!
James Suckling: 93 Points
A silky and pretty red with dried cherry and lemon peel aromas and flavors. Full to medium body, firm tannins and a fruity finish. Silky and racy. Tangy finish. Always a classic.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni: 93 Points
Monsanto's 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva 50 Vendemmie is one of the most pedigreed wines of the year. Deep and resonant in the glass, but not at all heavy, the 2012 possesses magnificent complexity to match what I can only describe as a regal expression of Sangiovese. There is a level of purity and nuance to the 2012 that is hard to describe with words but that is very much front and center. Moreover, I can't think of too many wines from any region anywhere in the world that offer this level of quality for the money. Readers will not want to miss this stellar Riserva from Monsanto. Can the 2012 Il Poggio be better? We'll know in two years' time.
Wine Enthusiast: 92 Points
Fragrant and elegantly structured, this blend of Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo and Colorino opens with lovely aromas of pressed violet, iris, perfumed berry and baking spice. On the palate, notes of white pepper, toast, espresso and anise accent the black cherry core. Tightly knit but polished tannins give it a firm finish. Drink 2016–2022.
Wine Spectator: 90 Points Currant, cherry and strawberry fruit highlights this elegant, juicy red. Open yet firmly structured, with plenty of energy on the long, tobacco- and spice-filled finish. Drink now through 2022.
The Wine Advocate : 90 Points
Here is another very authentic wine from Castello di Monsanto (and a great value too). The 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva 50 Vendemmie shows pretty layers of intensity and wild fruit, but it never strays far from its Sangiovese roots (20% Colorino and Canaiolo are also in the blend). This is a pure and genuine expression. Red rose petal emerges from the bouquet as do wild spice, blackcurrant, forest floor and black truffle. The mouthfeel is silky and softly caressing. There is a vein of acidity that will carry this wine forward over the years as it continues its evolution.
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This stunning expression exudes femininity and elegance. Wild berries, tar, licorice and balsam herbs emerge softly from the bouquet. Offers great value and producers reproduce the beautiful aromas and perfumes of Tuscany as well as Laura Bianchi and her family. Slightly dry with cherry flavors. Made with grapes from a further selection, first in the vineyard and aferward in the winery, this Riserva consists of Sangioves (90%) and Canaiolo and Colorino (10%). It has excellent potential for aging.A repeatable purchase for under $20.
Wine maker notes
Ruby red color tending towards garnet. A rich intense and complex bouquet with notes of black cherry and spice. The palate is full bodied with rich red berry fruit flavors complimenting a backbone of tannin. An exceptional compliment to red meats, roasts and game.
The Chianti Classico Riserve comes from a selection of grapes from vineyards which are more suitable for long maturing. Vinified in steel with a maceration of about 20 days, and as a second passage, it is aged in smaller wooden barrels for about 18 months, to then rest for a minimum of 3 months in glass. Composition of the grapes : 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo and Colorino.
Beef, Veal, Pork, Game (deer, venison), Rich fish (salmon, tuna etc)