2019 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

SKU #5063352
Winery Notes- After a cold winter, which helps to prevent diseases that affect the vines, the spring rains allowed for the creation of important water reserves, suitable for facing a moderately hot summer characterized by low rainfall. The climate, on average, more rigid and humid in the first half of the year "slightly delayed the vegetative cycle of the vine compared to the last few years, with a rhythm of the times reminiscent of the great years of the 1980s. In a hot but regular summer without particular heat peaks or abundant rainfall, a September characterized by good weather and large temperature variations followed, which allowed the perfect phenolic ripening of the grapes. 2019 is already a vintage with an outstanding capacity for ageing.
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VINOUS RATING: 93
VINOUS REVIEW: The 2019 Chianti Classico Riserva is a dark, brooding wine. Black cherry, incense, tobacco, menthol, licorice, scorched earth and savory undertones all take shape in the glass. There's real intensity here, not to mention tons of character. There are many beautiful wines in this range, but for the money, it is pretty hard to beat this Riserva.
DECANTER MAGAZINE: 94
DECANTER MAGAZINE REVIEW: With an average annual production of 200,000 bottles, Castello di Montsanto’s Riserva is the flagbearer of the winery, and in some vintages there are five bottles of Riserva produced to just one bottle of annata. Opening flecks of flint and pepper transition to sweet herb nuances of mint and fennel. The palate brings in earthy cranberry and currants with hints of porcini,. lifted by a bergamot accent and underscored by a nice crunchiness. Firm, tight-knit tannins are still steely but properly padded with gracious fruit. Time and air are necessary here.
JEB DUNNUCK RATING: 94
JEB DUNNUCK REVIEW: The 2019 Chianti Classico Riserva is 90% Sangiovese and the rest Canaiolo and Colorino, raised only in used barrique and large cask. It pours a pure ruby and has floral and herbal aromas of cherry candy, black raspberry, forest herbs, tomato leaf, and dried roses. It is medium to full bodied, with good concentration, fine tannins, and a long, clean finish, and it is savory with dried herbs, oregano, dried cherry, salty earth, and an angular structure. This pure and detailed wine is going to be a fantastic one to cellar and to drink 2025-2040.
JAMES SUCKLING RATING: 94
JAMES SUCKLING REVIEW: Crushed stones with black cherries and fresh flowers. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a flavorful finish. Still so young and fruity with wonderful energy. Give it another two or three years, if you can bear to wait.
ROBERT PARKER RATING: 93
ROBERT PARKER REVIEW: The Riservas from across the appellation are showing very well in 2019. This wine is no exception. The 2019 Chianti Classico Riserva (which is a blend of 90% Sangiovese with Canaiolo and Colorino aged in different-sized oak barrels for up to 18 months) offers pretty richness and concentration. The wine's ample volume is fleshed out with dark fruit, spice and blue flower. It should be fun to try this wine in five years' time, when it loses its baby fat. Happily, production is very generous, with 200,000 bottles made.
WINE SPECTATOR RATING: 91
WINE SPECTATOR REVIEW: A sleek, tightly wound red, with black cherry and blackberry fruit shaded by iron, herbs and tobacco. Linear in profile and vibrant, with a long, slightly chewy finish. Needs a year or two. Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino. Best from 2024 through 2037. 26,000 cases made, 17,000 cases imported.
More Information
Vintage 2019
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Appellation Chianti
Bottle Size 750ml
Alcohol %- 14
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