Red

2006 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio

Sangiovese Blend

  • Italy
  • Tuscany
  • Chianti
  • Chianti Classico DOCG
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Community Tasting Notes 24

  • winemaker Likes this wine: 95 points

    August 7, 2021 - Double decanted 2 hours prior to consumption. Soaring aromatics of sappy cherry. Lovely cherry fruit complemented by earth and a tiny hint of road tar. Fairly tart with nice grippy tannins. This should hold for years. A beautiful wine. Delicious.

  • forceberry wrote: 93 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. 14% alcohol.

    Quite deep, dark and only very little translucent blackish-red color with an evolved maroon hue. Somewhat restrained nose with aromas of dusty earth and asphalt, some wizened black cherries, a little bit of dried figs and raisiny fruit, light licorice tones, a hint of savory wood spice and a touch of blood. The wine is ripe, silky and juicy on the palate with a full body and moderately evolved flavors of sweet, dark fruits, tobacco, some bitter sour cherry and lingonberry tones, a little bit of wizened cranberries, light dried-fruit notes of raisins and dates, an umami hint of meat stew and a touch of peppery spice. The overall feel is pretty structured, thanks to the high acidity and ample, grippy tannins. The finish is long, quite savory and rather tannic with flavors of peppery spice, sour cherry bitterness, meaty umami, some wizened cranberry tones, a little bit of toasty oak spice, light dried-fruit notes of raisins and figs, a hint of charred game and a touch of dusty, sun-baked earth.

    A savory and rather sunny Chianti Classico Riserva that doesn't feel super-ripe, but certainly has a solar quality to it, lending a somewhat roasted feel to the flavors. There's a lot of good stuff here - especially the combination of impressive structure and bold yet not overdone fruit - but the wine is still not a bullseye. Although this wine is very lean, sinewy and well-proportioned in a world of jammy, overripe wines, this nevertheless feels a bit too roasted, sunny and extracted for a Chianti Classico - it might not be that obvious when drunk alone, but in our tasting of 12 Chianti Classicos, this wine felt a bit "too much", if it makes sense. Nevertheless, this is a terrific wine that is in a great spot right now. Structurally the wine might continue to soften with age, but aromatically the wine seemed like it is very close to its apogee and I suspect that any development in this department is going to remain pretty limited. Drink or keep.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • winemaker Likes this wine: 95 points

    June 3, 2021 - Fully mature. Gorgeous! Previous notes apply. Has everything one could want in CCR!

  • Achermann Likes this wine: 92 points

    April 25, 2021 - Consistent with previous tasting notes but this bottle had more obvious signs of aging. Drink in the next couple of years, making room for the 2016.

  • Doug Fir Likes this wine: 93 points

    December 25, 2020 - Wow, definitely the best Chianti I’ve ever had, and clear wine of the year for me. Beautiful nose of raspberry and cherry preserves, fresh cut wood, mushrooms, and dried leaves. Must have sat and just let the aromas wash over me for 10 or 15 minutes. Similar flavor profile, soft and deep, with just enough acidity and tartness to let you know it’s Chianti. Decently lingering finish. Glad I held this - in the perfect drinking window for me and would probably be for several more years.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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    (Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio) Medium red violet color; tar, char nose; char, tar, olive palate; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2006
  • Type Red
  • Producer Castello di Monsanto
  • Varietal Sangiovese Blend
  • Designation Riserva
  • Vineyard Il Poggio
  • Country Italy
  • Region Tuscany
  • SubRegion Chianti
  • Appellation Chianti Classico DOCG
  • UPC Code 8033237490469

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 12 (2%)
  • In Cellars 303 (57%)
  • Consumed 221 (41%)

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