The most accurate rating I can give this wine is incomplete. Day 1 was really just high acid and tannin. Days 2 and 3 were much better with red and some dark fruit and some leather and earth notes. My guess is that this wine will improve over the next 3 years and then hit a several year peak. Obviously, I disagree with the consensus 2018 end of the drinking window for this wine. I think the window is more likely to start then.
Very bright, intense garnet in the glass. Green olive, cherry, leather on the nose. Acidic and mildly tannic on the palate with sour cherry, tobacco, smoke, and leather on the palate. To me, this seemed a little more intense and concentrated than many other Chiantis in the same range. Also presents some interesting leather/tobacco notes.
I left the wine in the bottle uncorked overnight. The vegetal (olive brine) notes disappeared. Cherry on the nose with some anise and faint mint. Cherry, leather, smoke, and faint mint on the palate. Very enjoyable. (89-90pts)
Popped and poured. Nose of dark cherries, leather, earth,and mint(?). On the palate denser than past Monsantos with bright cherry, and dirt flavors. Nice grip on the finish with sufficient acids to balance. This is going to need some more time. Check back in after two years. No score for now. Gut impression 89-91.
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