Located high in the hills of Barberino Val d'Elsa in Chianti Classico, the splendid villa of Monsanto dominates the valley below. Monsanto ("my saint") was named in honor of Saint Ruffiniano, who died here in 998 B.C., along with 150 other people involved in a battle. Castello di Monsanto is widely considered one of the top dozen Chianti Classico estates of today, especially if its top wine, the Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio, is mentioned.
Cherry, dried herbs and some meaty char, liquorice, and a bit of perfume too. It’s medium-bodied, but quite dense, with compact tannin, a distinct ‘mineral’ feel about it, dry but with good-flavour, and a firm finish of solid length. Needs to unfurl a little, but I like what I taste. Tasted: Feb 2021; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $40; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2023-2029+; Rated: 92+ Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
A juicy, fruity red with cherries, citrus fruit and some chocolate undertones. Medium body, lightly chewy tannins and a complex finish. Real Chianti Classico, as always. Little tight now, but beautiful. Drink or hold. Rating: 93 Points; James Suckling
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