Red

1997 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio

Sangiovese Blend

  • Italy
  • Tuscany
  • Chianti
  • Chianti Classico DOCG
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Community Tasting Notes 55

  • forceberry wrote: 85 points

    June 7, 2021 - A blend of Sangiovese (95%), Canaiolo and Colorino. Fermented and macerated with the skins for 20-22 days in stainless steel tanks. Aged for approximately 18 months in partly new 500-liter demi-muids. 13,5% alcohol.

    Quite dark, moderately deep and somewhat translucent garnet color with a brick-red rim. Somewhat dull, stuffy and slightly dusty nose with aromas of earth and damp wood, followed by sweeter notes of wizened figs and raisins, some old leather and a little bit of sunny dark fruit. Overall the nose doesn't give much and feels perhaps a bit off. The wine is ripe, full-bodied and silky with quite savory flavors of juicy black cherries and sunny plummy fruit, some toasty oak spice, a little bit of dried figs, light ferrous notes of blood, a hint of sour cherry bitterness and a touch of dusty, sun-baked earth. The overall feel is rather modest in acidity for Il Poggio and the medium tannins start to feel rather resolved at this point. The finish is dry with a quite long aftertaste of ripe dark plums, some wizened red cherries, a little bit of savory wood spice, light dusty tones, a hint of earth and a touch of sour cherry bitterness. The alcohol becomes quite pronounced towards the end of the aftertaste.

    At first the wine seemed corked, but it never seemed to get worse (as opposed to how corked wines usually behave) and there was quite a bit of fruit left in the wine. However, I see that many users in CT have commented that the wine isn't up to par, so I'm inclined to think that we really didn't have an off bottle, but there seems to be some kind of systemic problem with this vintage; too many notes seemed to exhibit the same traits as our bottle. All in all, a somewhat disappointing vintage of Il Poggio - even if the wine wasn't aromatically sound, the structure and persistence here wasn't at the same level with the other Il Poggio vintages we tasted at the same event.

  • winemaker Likes this wine: 94 points

    December 18, 2020 - Gorgeous. Hitting its stride. Lovely resiny fruits. Tannins are mostly resolved although there is nice grip on the finish. Cherry and earth.

  • vagrantone Likes this wine: 91 points

    October 2, 2020 - Most certainly not near its end.
    It showed better on the second day and I plan to decant remaining bottles.
    It remains important to serve it at the right temperature. It was slightly too hot on the second day and the balance suffered because of it.
    It remains a classic Chianti with great extract and plenty of life left. I prefer Il Poggio with another 10 years of age or so. The hue shows very little aging and there's enough acidity to carry this wine for a while. Also still quite fruity with tertiary notes in the background.
    This wine remains the standard setter in chianti...

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • VDLT Wine wrote:

    September 12, 2020 - Unfortunately, my struggles with the 97 Il Poggio persist. This bottle never quite overcame the old wine aromas and flavors that were overwhelming at first. In the end, it offered some tertiary charm and intrigue but it was far from a fine specimen. Outshone by a 95 Paoletti La Forza Sangiovese.

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  • WineProEnthusiast69 wrote: 50 points

    May 17, 2020 - Strong alcohol and fruit on the nose, woody oak on the tongue. After swallowing, it tasted like a Greek athlete's leather shoe as he ran 100 miles in the Olympics

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  • By Richard Jennings
    3/20/2004 (link) 91 points

    (Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio) A little anise on nose; nice lavender, tart cherry palate with good acidity; medium finish 91+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • Type Red
  • Producer Castello di Monsanto
  • Varietal Sangiovese Blend
  • Designation Riserva
  • Vineyard Il Poggio
  • Country Italy
  • Region Tuscany
  • SubRegion Chianti
  • Appellation Chianti Classico DOCG

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  • In Cellars 460 (52%)
  • Consumed 432 (48%)

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