Last bottle, and this was the best of the 3. This wine has mellowed noticeably since the previous bottle and was drinking rather smoothly. Clearly worth cellaring this bottling for a few years after release, and it continues to be an excellent value in chianti.
Notes consistent with previous tastings of this wine (2). Spices and minerals in the nose and mid-range, good length. Moderate tannins emerging from behind the fruit on the second day, but still an excellent Chianti.
This wine is in its sweet spot right now. Fruit forward w/plum, blackberry and dark cherry flavors. Perfectly integrated oak and medium tannins on the medium+ finish. Paired wonderfully with risotto cakes and sausage cannelloni.
What a nice surprise. Smooth and mellow from some aging yet full bodied with dark fruits and soft tannins. Very nice mouth feel as well. Not much acidity or spice or complexity, and a dry mid-palate that can take a bit off the profile for some. Yet, it is very pleasant and excellent with food. Glad I have more.
Not very enjoyable tonight as this CCR has shut down hard. strong tannin and acid are the key points, but acids are there, along with leather and wood in the background, soil, mushroom italian spices and lastly dried fruit.
So needing to have another 2 years before I open the last bottle. I have save the last half of tonights bottle, but switched to a dark beer for pizza as it was not in drinking mode. Just shut down.
Starts with dull age but sheds its repressed skin dramatically and continues to accelerate over 90 minutes. Becomes punchy, rounded, fascinating, and delicious. Must have had 18 of these over 5+ years and it's pretty damn good.
Pnp. Still youthfull classic Chianti with dark red fruits, nice acidity and a tannic backbone, everything wellbalanced, good structure. Not very complex but very enjoyable... Develops nicely in the glas over 3 hours, so no hurry to drink. From now (perhaps with decanting) and over at least 5-6 more years.
This wine over time is becoming bigger and bolder. Everything is coming together very nicely since my last review. I am sure this still has plenty of developing to do. I will try it again in another couple of years.
Did not decant but poured through an aerator into my glass. First taste was somewhat bland but the tannins started to come through by the end of the first glass. This wine at this stage is a nice balance of smooth fruit and enough tannin to remind you it's a Chianti. #31 on Wine Spectator's Top 100...who am I to say they are wrong?
Enjoyable, once again. A very reliable CCR producer. The red fruits seemed to be a little withdrawn as this may be in a more dormant stage, but plenty of leather, tobacco and cooking spices to go along with the earth as tertiary flavors. Plums were there without any noticeable changes, since I last drank a previous bottle. The acid/tannin balance is excellent. Soft tannins that make drinking the wine very enjoyable with Pizza or red sauce pasta. acidity will easily cut through the normal range of Italian cheeses. Medium finish. I do think that I will probably not open another for a couple years and see what this vintage offers up when the wine comes back into its aged form.
Drank this last night and had to add this note because it was delightful.
Fragrant cherry nose and sweet cherry fruit and firm tannins on the palate. Whilst tending into the black fruits spectrum, there's delight there for red fruit spectrum lovers too - perhaps assisted by the sweetness of the fruit. Savoury spice elements complement the fruit.
My dinner companion's reaction was the authentic "wow" of a non-wine-obsessive. This is a wine we can be confident shall delight our non-wine friends.
Serious and a bit somber trad style, on the darker side of sangiovese, sliding towards the markedly bitter. Distinctly unsweet with a lot of long-drawn black tea and grapefruit peels. Could have made use of more midpalate fruit concentration and length. What will become of this?
This is just a good bottle of wine at a great price that pairs great with Italian food like tonight's lasagna. It is not terribly complex, but what $17 wine is? It is just a remarkably consistent, tasty wine that graces the dinner table with a guileless charm.
Lovely dark red although it is transparent at the rim. Smells of dusty cherries. Tastes of ripe, intense tart cherry with some nice grip from the tannins. Bright acidity and a long finish. This is a wine with a fair amount of power. Should age for several more years, no problem.
Overall a very nice wine for the price. Definite old world character on the nose, with some barnyard and earth and funk. Lively fruit -- sour cherry but also some darker fruit tones, good acidity and structure. The tannins still have some bite, and I think this will definitely improve with a few more years in the cellar. Should keep hands off the other bottles for at least 2-3 years.
Drank April 2013. Aromatic nose. Wine is intense out of the bottle. I recommend decanting for 2 to 3 hours. The wine started to really take shape the next day as the acidity subsided presenting a nice balance between fruit, tanic structure and acid. An excellent with with tomato based food. I purchased a case and am curious to see how this wine evolves over the next decade.
I really prefer Chianti Riservas at about 7 years as I feel that is when they really begin to shine. I opened this a bit early but it is certainly very approachable. I personally think it will improve over time. The color is deep red, with a bouquet of rose petals and cherry leading the way. In the mouth the wine boasts a wonderful presence with silky tannins, black cherry and some hints of tar. The finish is medium. A solid chianti and a true bargain compared to many others double the price.
54F, P&P. Lightish red. Nose reticent, some cherry and earth, mineral. Nice light but balanced in the mouth with typical acidity (but not thin acid dreck so common), balanced by (?) fruit and mineral. Cherry, blackberry, leather, spice. Medium finish. Really much better than most at this price point! First bottle of the case, suspect I may be sad when the last goes. Great weekday wine.
Drinking great with dark cherry and savory flavors, plenty of acidity, good balance, smooth texture and a medium, fruity finish. Great mix of flavors and textures that make for a very complete, satisfying wine. Was perfect with cheese ravioli in a marinara sauce.
Decanted for 1 hour before drinking. Nice nose with earthy notes, ripe red cherry, floral tones & a note of leather. On the palate good red fruit notes, fine tannins, and a savory note of leather. Good acidity balances some of the ripness of the wine. This has the ability to age but is good now with decanting. Initially there was heat on the back end but after decanting and some time the balance increased and the alcohol receeded somewhat.
popped and poured. really enjoyed this and yet i think it would be much better with decanting. a ultra soft luxuriously smooth chianti that is light to medium body, emphasizes soft cherry notes. very very soft with soft warm finish with very little bite or sourness.
It's a bit shy to start with, but just half an hour in the air let's everything loose in this wine. Lovely cherries with a stony quality, acidity is wonderful, there are herbal notes intertwining with licorice and though there is intensity and power, this wine is wonderfully light on it's feet. Wonderful, traditional sangiovese that's fine now but not going downhill yet.
Consistent notes but even more approachable this time. Still livens up some green salads with strong acid and demonstrates the power of acid and earth. So good and very complimentary with food, eat italian, drink this wine. Period. Absolutely love it.
Medium dark ruby garnet. Expressive and traditional nose of leather, cherry, cranberry, and dusty earth. Hint of mineral there also. Tense and nervy in the mouth, but plenty of fruit with a balanced finish. I think this is a nice combination of traditional and modern style. Ought to last several years, though probably not more than 5-7. Great wine.
Decant this for an hour. It needs a bit of time and air to show its best. Medium, transparent ruby. Smells of cherry fruit. Really delicious cherry fruit, minerality, lip smacking juicy acidity. Good stuff!
maybe it is bottle variability or just my mood, but found this bottle to be better than the last tasting. The basic cherry, leather, and white pepper flavors are present, but everything seemed deeper and more integrated than the last tasting. Just a one point bump, but moves this into "outstanding" especially given the modest price point.
I was generous with an 89 score as I found it very young to drink but seems to have good potential. Though I decanted and drank right away I found it got better over time. Spicy nose and medium color. Unbalanced as the tannins were over powering due to its youth. The fruit was overpowered by the tannins. I`ll wait at least 2 more years before trying again.
Opened and let sit in the glass for 45 minutes; medium ruby color; cherry, earth, subdued spice on the nose; taste of bright cherry; very smooth balance between tannins and acid; medium finish.
Had this with spaghetti bolognese and while the acid was pretty quiet prior to drinking with dinner, it really held up to the strong tomatoes and richness of the cheese. This was a very nicely done Sangiovese.
An amazingly intense yet lovely Chianti, very tasty and enjoyable - Dark red, medium/full bodied with a nose of cherry, plum, spice, earth and vanilla, excellent structure and balance, powerful yet feminine, dusty, sweet on the palate with excellent length, outstanding (91 Points).
Nice Chianti -- all of the elements are there. The only downside right now is that the acid and the tannins clamp down on the finish and it finishes a bit rough. If that finish smooths out over the next 2-3 years, this will be dynamite. Still a good QPR now at $18. Decanted for about 2 hours and followed over 3.5 hours. Didn't change all that much with air. I will leave my other bottles in the cellar for a couple of years and will then try another.
Fairly dark red for Sangiovese. The nose was a bit tight narrow at this point, earthy dark cherry with a bit of spice. There is a great deal going on here but not ready for prime time yet. Delicious earthy plum and dark cherry flavours, good concentration and a lot of structure.
I would think this would pay off a decade in the cellar.
Popped and poured. Nose of cherry, oak, spice, and tar. All of these notes are on the palate as well with integrated, soft, fine tannins that lead to a long, dry, finish. Medium bodied. A very good QPR. Paired with Ravioli.
This bottle seemed a bit green. Interestingly, in spite of the greenness the underlying fruit and secondary flavors were terrific with lots of cherry, spice and tar. Some sharp edges with a lot of acidity. Will not score as there was something not quite right about this one.
This bottle smells a bit funky. Plenty of earth and leather with dried cherries underneath. This bottle seems slightly off to me. This bottle tasted like a lot of Chiantis that I have had over the years, but it lacks the purity of fruit that I am accustomed to wtih Monsanto CCR. I never had a bottle of the 2006 taste like this and I have consumed 2 cases of it over the past few years. C'est dommage. Too bad.
The first of 12 recently purchased. Decanted for 1 hour with negligible sediment. Half the bottle was reserved to a 375ml for reevaluation over the next two days.
Medium ruby in color with initially restrained aromas of cherries, roast beef, and baking spices. The flavor profile was typical with suggestions of dried cherries, red meat, subtle herbs, anise, spice, truffle, and green tea . The tannins are firm without being harsh and there is a solid backbone of acidity. It is medium bodied with a moderate intensity that seemed to dip somewhat in mid palette. The finish is clean although a little on the short side at this point. It did open throughout the meal and benefitted considerably from being consumed with food.
This is a well balanced, straightforward wine that pairs nicely with tomato based dishes and is a pleasure to drink. I expect it will become more open with another 2-3 years and hold for several more. But, I doubt that it will gain much in complexity in that time which isn't a problem for me because it is so pleasurable now. Being more accessible now, I will drink these and wait on the 2006. This is a terrific value at the $16/btl I paid.
Saturday, May 12, 2012 We finished the half btl I reserved and I didn't find a perceptible change from my original impressions.
Saturday, July 13, 2013 UPDATE Decanted for one hour, insignificant sediment. This was served with grilled veggies and sausage and finished with a selection of cheeses. Delicious and more defined than a year ago, it is progressing well with clear potential for further development.
Sunday, Mar 8, 2015 UPDATE Decanted for one hour, insignificant sediment. This was served with pasta and marinara sauce, pork braciola, piselli al olio, and finished with a selection of cheeses. This opened nicely after an hour in the decanter and continued to open throughout the meal. This is starting to exhibit some nice secondary notes and has the balance and smooth tannins that would indicate continuing evolution. It is really moving into its sweet spot now showing excellent maturing Sangiovese character. 92 points for this bottle.
Medium red, still semi-transparent. The acidity is maybe just a little strong, which can leave a bit of a bite on the finish. Not especially fruity - a lot more earth and spice. Very nice balance - light on its feet but with good concentration. Not really a great QPR at $20, but a good and fair deal.
Dark clear ruby. Nose of smoke, vanilla, earth, strawberry, and black cherry. Medium palate of ripe strawberry, black cherry, and vanilla. Decent length (could be better). Food-friendly acidity. Sweet tannins. Nicely balanced Chianti Classico Riserva. I really liked it. Full disclosure: my wife didn't care much for it. However, she won't drink anything but Nebbiolo these days.
Stunning deep earth, dark fruits, and leather on the nose. Similar notes on the palate. Medium-length finish. Excellent QPR. Much better than some Italian wines costing 3x as much. The only thing holding this back from a few more points is a bit more on the palate. This might change with a bit more age. I will buy more.
First day, much to cold felt off and subdued. 2nd day room temp 68F much nicer, much like the other dark fruit, smooth silky tennis, dark forest floor and good acid. Will kep the remaining for quite a while.
Scents of cherries and roast beef. Tastes of black cherry and roast beef, with hints of chocolate and spice on the finish. (Reading that description, it doesn't sound too appealing, but it is.) A great wine.
Aerated with Vinturi and decanted for 30 minutes - but needs to be longer. Nice nose of black currant, strawberry, earth, spice, and vanilla. Dark fruit with a strong, fine tannic backbone; leading to a medium length, dry finish. Light-to-medium bodied. Improved with time. Paired with Ravioli. Nice Chianti and a good QPR.
Similar to previous note which said: "Lovely chianti with spices and minerals, noticeable soft round tanins in the mid-range, excellent length with flowers and spices in the finish. Should develop and evolve for a few years. Excellent value"
Old fashioned chianti with personality. Somewhat closed, does'nt open up in the nose until late. Complexity with mint chocolate, cherries, blackberries, botti, oilpainting, hints of coffee, pelargonium, spices and herbs. Not so fruity. Balanced acidity, chrunchy tannins. Save it for at least 3 years.
Opened two hours ahead of time. Aromas of leather with a whiff of rubber. Earthy leather flavor with sour cherries, and a nice cherry finish. Still tight, though oddly it's also a little sweet. Shows promise, needs more time. At ~$20, it's also a good value for a chianti of this quality.
Another great bottle. An hour in the decanter is mandatory at this stage to get the heat off the wine and smooth it out. I've figured out what is so appealing in this wine, it is a charmer. Bluntly honest fruit with no oak to mask it, it has lovely dried cherry fruit, ash, truffles, forest floor, a brief appearance of a lovely green stem quality, and licorice with spice. It is light and lively, while being multifaceted and evolving quickly in the glass. The tannins are a little sandy and unrefined, but you have to look for them. Excellent with food, it improves both the wine and the dish being consumed. For such a humble wine, the winemaker has done a bang up job with this fruit. Love it.
Garnet color. Nose: blackberry, blueberry, and sour cherry with accents of leather, licorice, baking spices, and espresso. Medium body on the palate: more bright blackberry, blueberry, and cherry fruit framed by licorice, baking spices, orange peel, a hint of roasted meat, and a pronounced streak of iron/graphite minerality. Medium+ acidity. Moderate chalky tannins. Lingering blueberry skin, orange peel, and iron/graphite minerality on the moderate/long finish. Has a more modern personality than usual...probably due to the generously fruity vintage. Comes across almost Syrah-like. Very attractive, if not very typical. Give it another year or two to integrate and drink over the following 5 years.
- Garnet color with medium forming legs. It's balanced and has flavours of black currant, strawberry and chocolate with a medium/full body. Round texture with a long finish - Love this Chianti...great with food.
My first bottle of this wine. PnP. Amazing nose of dried cherries, spices, toast, licorice and herbs - unlike any other Chianti I have had. Very rich and fruity on the palate with lots of cherry, some tar and oak. Plenty of tannin and acidity that did not really emerge until after about an hour. One of the more interesting and complex Chiantis I have ever had.
Initially seemed to have some VA on the nose. This blew off, leaving a nose of dried cherries and a little roasted--almost bretty. Palate is sharp, high acidity, with cherry pit flavors. Leaves with tart cherry and stone. An odd, disjointed bottle for sure--but not sure there is a definite flaw. Got better with air.
Dark garnet, toast, stewed plums, iodine, crushed raspberries and hints of green tea, palate is packed with juicy red fruit with hints of wood and mint, medium length finish with dried cranberries, apricot and cherry syrup
Note: Second bottle much less interesting, I think there's some serious bottle variation on this one
Started out nicely, classic chianti cherry flavors with earth and spice. Dusty tannins. Loved the first glass and a half...and then the bottom dropped out. It was like the fruit suddenly disappeared, leaving only earth, wood and tobacco. Seemed like a much older wine than an 07. Have a couple more bottles, hopefully this was just a strange one.
Nice dark red/violet color. Strangely conflicting nose of coco, cherry confit, and green stems. There's a thread of dirt on the nose I appreciate but this is very disjointed. After two hours of being open the Monsanto was still out of whack. The newly released 2005 Marques de Riscal from Rioja, in the same price range at $15, absolutely blew away the Monsanto in every category, especially complexity. Not sure this will ever come together. Seems superficial, a lab wine.
Consistent with previous. Positively delicious and just has far more material in the bottle than there should be for the money. Even on day two it was still well intact. Just sings with nice acidic italian fare, but has enough fruit, earth, and acid to keep just about everyone interested. Lovely house wine.
Lovely chianti with spices and minerals, noticeable soft round tanins in the mid-range, excellent length with flowers and spices in the finish. Should develop and evolve for a few years. Excellent value.
Impressive Sangio at an amazing QPR! Was so excited to drink this that we didn't decant but instead poured through a Venturi. What a great nose! Wow! Beautiful earth tones, fresh herbs, dried black currants, and dates. The palate is fresh and exciting but yet still delivers a full bodied mouthfeel. Will have to pick up more of this! Drink now through the next 5 yrs.
Déguster hier avec un plat de pâte sauce rosé hier !! C'était magique, pour la 2e fois j'essaie de reconnaître les arôme mais c'est difficile à cerner un chianti bien composé mais qu'on n'est pas sur... il vieilliera très bien !
Nice clear ruby color. Earthy nose, some initial hints of tar or rubber and then cinnamon. Tasted cherry. Nice structure with smooth and persistent tannins. A little dusty. Great feel in the mouth. Lovely.
90% sangiovese 7% canaiolo, 3% colorino. generous, gorgeous nose of strawberry, brown sugar, hints of leather. lighter and smoother than expected. elegant, nice texture otf,. I actually love this---coy at first, but texture and fruit builds in the mouth. cellared another.
Earth, mushroom, and dusty black cherry on the nose. Lots of dried cherry and aromatic wood notes on the palate, with anise, and a suggestion of tobacco. Supper-fine tannins lightly coat and grip to tie it all together with the firm acidity. A real pleasure. The kind of wine that disappears fast at the dinner table.
An excellent Chianti, but a little uncharacteristic of that region as it was a bit low on the acids. Brick red in color, there was a nice bouquet of red berries, plums and fig and a bit of cooking spice. This carried over into the palate and had a super silky tannic finish. I would bet that this had more than its fair share of Italian Merlot blended with the Sangiovese. An excellent choice to go with rigatoni and meat sauce.
The nose showed black cherries, mint, florals, a hint of barnyard and that lovely dusty note that Sangiovese sometimes shows. On the palate, it flowed effortlessly with juicy ripe red fruits, some tobacco and cedar. The finish was long and fresh with just a hint of structure showing through. This is yet another great value wine from Monsanto. I repeatedly find the Monsanto Riserva, to be everything I ever want from a Chianti.
Semi-transparent ruby red with a brighter rim. Smells almost a bit Rhône-like (minus the garrigue) - dark cherry and blackberry cake, stuffed with oak (though not dominating), sprinkled with crushed rocks on top. Lovely fruit! Transforms to a dried plum character on the palate, accompanied by iron and a lively acidity. Medium bodied, ending rustic and spicy - tannins come out to say hello, they give you a firm handshake, but don't wrestle you to the floor (unless you're a wimp). Served with a vegetarian lasagna. Recommended!
Nice red fruit nose. Medium body, very nicely balanced. Drinking well now, but feels like it could go on for several more years. A LOT of wine for under $20. Remind me again why I pay 4x as much for Brunello?
What an excellent surprise at $16! Let this one breathe for an hour or so just to get a little heat off. Unbelievable balance and complexity at this pricepoint. There are notions of cherry, licorice, earth/tar, and some citrus rind in the finish that shows some great structure. With a great acid spine this goes down with just about any food unfazed. All that said, it is just delicious to taste regardless of anything else.
Value wines category: Purchased for $13.50 at Zachy's. Poured through Vinturi into decanter and allowed to breathe for 30 minutes. Dark, almost purple in color. Beautiful, uplifted and elegant nose of leather, plum, raisins, black tea, chocolate and crushed rocks carries through to a mid weight wine with winning acidity, power and finesse. Suave cherry fruit with more leather and tobacco notes finishes with nice minerality. I think this will improve with another year or two of cellaring, but is excellent now. Outstanding value and quality for the money. 90-91.
Sweet red fruits, spice, and a subtle earthiness. Good acidity. Better with a couple hours of decanting. Not as complex or rustic as Felsina, but a solid Chianti. Great pizza wine. My wife liked it a lot.
nice young Chianti. Will benefit with a bit of age, but I don't feel it is a long term cellar candidate. Drinking window of 2016 > is definitely not correct. With an hour of air, provides nice enjoyment. With a few years of age, will be a very nice wine. Perfect Pizza and Pasta wine.
Nice right from the get-go, with an open-knit personality and engaging red fruit profile. Not the most complex chianti but it sure is tasty. A total steal for $15. I have 5 left but will definitely need to reload before the end if the year.
Much like others here, I am really digging this vintage. Besides the great acidity and cherry, chocolate, licorice, tea notes, I am picking up a little catcher's mitt on the finish. A very well made wine.
Ett väldigt gott vin, fin syra, röd frukt. Känns välbalanserat. En viss mineralitet. Dag 2 är det mer av en mörkare frukt, inte så mycket mörkare bär mer en känsla av fullmogna körbär som har integrerats mer i helheten. Friskheten har fått lämna plats för en lite mullrigare frukt.
I really like this wine, I just love how the acidity seamlessly puts you on an a waterslide straight into the fruit - cherries, cranberries that meet stony rather than gravelly mineral, herbs, black the and an earthy feeling. A joy on it's own but with food it's outstanding.
Medium red color. Aromas of red cherries, licorice, minerals and spices. Ripe, nicely structured fruit in the mouth with very good depth and length. Still a touch young...should improve with a few more years of bottle age.
Doften bjuder på lite spritinlagda körsbär det finns en kärnig körsbär doft. Smaken öppnar upp med en frisk mineralitet, körsbär och läder. Munnen lämnas helt med ett helt och hållet torrkänsla. Vinet matchade perfekt lasagnen som var full av god ost. Mmm cheese.. Bedöm poängen med tanke på kombon.
Dark cherries, cranberries, black tea, herbs, black pepper and crushed rocks. Full fruit, ripe tannins, fresh acidity and a great sense of herbs/earth/stones/terroir. Outstanding stuff - ready to enjoy now, yet has lots of potential for development.
- Crimsom color and aromas of ripe cherry, mineral, licorice anise, moss, chocolate and tea. It's in total harmony and has flavours of ripe cherry, chocolate, licorice anise and mineral with a medium/full body. Linear texture with a long finish.