Red

2008 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

Sangiovese Blend

  • Italy
  • Tuscany
  • Chianti
  • Chianti Classico DOCG
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  • PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine: 91 points

    August 13, 2020 - Another delicious bottle of the 2008 Monsanto CCR. This vintage, as others have noted, needs less air than many to bring forth the wine’s aromatics, which were present right away; the wine was fully open after 35-40 minutes. On the darker side of Chianti, with dusty aromas of leather and tobacco, a lovely sweet mid-palate, great acid backbone, and a sappy, savory, long finish of minerals and fresh sliced beetroot. A very good, balanced wine with an outstanding QPR. There is some bottle and even case variation with Monsanto, but based on this bottle, and depending on your cellar, I would say that the wine is in decline and you should drink up by 2023 or so. Many Chiantis and many Monsantos are better on night two, but not this one.

  • Josch48 Likes this wine: 90 points

    May 15, 2020 - Dark red almost opaque color with a slight rim of brick orange at the rim (I have always liked to let the older wines “relax” in the glass instead of decanting).
    Dusty dark red and blue fruit with muted tones of allspice and nutmeg along with a hint of cocoa on the nose. Natural cellar with gradual seasonal temperature (52-64 degree F) variation, which I believe more positively influences the wine’s evolution.
    Beautiful vibrant Sangiovese fruit that initially out of the bottle, dries out mid palate with little but residual barrel-imparted vanilla on the finish. Tannins are more present, in the medium-light mouthfeel, than the predominant sweet dried cherry flavor with a contributory acidity that lifts the fruit to the roof of the mouth. We will have grilled steak shortly and I expect the wine to reveal more of its secrets. To be continued.
    With dinner the fruit became more expansive and darkly sweeter with the same mouthfeel, but with a longer tail of fruit throughout the three phases of the palate, and still gratifyingly earthy on the finish.

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  • nectar14 Likes this wine:

    October 14, 2019 - Good stuff here. Nicely traditional, showing violet, pine, dried cherry. Structure is firm and this ought to age nicely over the next decade. I'd suggest waiting to drink; it really did gain complexity on the 2nd day.

  • jayrod wrote: 91 points

    February 16, 2019 - Very nice bottle, had with lamb chops with a dill sauce.....good match.
    My wine was also properly stored...FYi

    I agree with 8/24/2018 - PAULUSLOZEBRA notes:

    This wine comes from a cellar with very good conditions but with deliberate and substantial seasonal fluctuations, so that wines will age a bit faster than in "perfect" cellars at constant temperature and humidity. My sense is that this bottle shows the beginning of the wine's decline. That says more about the vintage 2008 than about Monsanto. This bottle still has a great, great fragrance profile of sweet cherries and hints of tobacco, raw meat and dark spices. And it still has excellent balance and integration among the acid, tannin and extract. But it has begun to lose something in the mid-palate. I recommend a 30 minute decant and that the wine be served slightly on the cool side. If you have a perfect cellar then drink to 2025, otherwise drink to 2022.

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  • PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine: 93 points

    December 27, 2018 - At ten years of age this is the best bottle I've had of this wine. Darker than a typical Monsanto, with a big aromatic profile of dark, sweet fruits, black pepper and rosemary; firm acid backbone; big, silky tannins; excellent balance; long finish with dry mineral notes and a hint of residual sweetness. Drink to 2030.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type Red
  • Producer Castello di Monsanto
  • Varietal Sangiovese Blend
  • Designation Riserva
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Italy
  • Region Tuscany
  • SubRegion Chianti
  • Appellation Chianti Classico DOCG
  • UPC Codes 083960540946, 083960540953, 8033237490384

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  • Pending Delivery 6 (0%)
  • In Cellars 481 (33%)
  • Consumed 992 (67%)

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