Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2017
This Chianti Classico Riserva is ruby red tending towards garnet. The bouquet is rich, intense and complex with notes of black cherry and spice. On the palate, it is full-bodied with rich red berry fruit flavors complimenting a backbone of tannin.
90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo and Colorino. In 1962, Fabrizio Bianchi founded the winery after it was presented to him as a wedding gift from his parents. That same year, the pioneering Monsanto was the first winery to make a chianti classico cru from the single 'Il Poggio' vineyard and worked to eliminate white grapes from its Chianti Classico Riserva blend. Further, in 1981 Monsanto harvested the first 100% cabernet sauvignon, Nemo, from the Il Mulino vineyard. The estate covers a total of 509 acres, of which more than half is wooded, while olive orchards occupy an additional 37 acres. Castello di Monsanto is also renowned for its aging cellar with a length of 984 feet, where more than 1,300 barriques can be stored. It was entirely handmade with galestro stones collected from the fields around the winery.