Castello di Monsanto makes some of the finest Chianti Classicos, and their Riserva is the star in their lineup. Coming from a warm area of the zone's Northwest, this shows dark tones to Sangiovese's vibrant cherry profile, and generous tannins that softly tighten up on the finish. Their winemaking is fairly traditional, with a lot of character shining through rather than polish. Riservas like this are typically meant to open after a couple further years of 'cellaring,' though if kept well, can gracefully reach maturity at 10-15 years from vintage!
JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "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."
VINOUS 93 POINTS - "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." Driking Window: 2024-2037 - Antonio Galloni