The 1993 Vin Santo La Chimera is a blend of equal parts Trebbiano and Malvasia that spent eight years in small 55 and 110-liter barrels. It is delicate, understated Vin Santo. Medium in body, its balance seems to favor aromatics and length on the palate rather than an expression of fruit, sweetness or concentration. It should drink well for at least another five to seven years. This is a lovely set of releases from Castello di Monsanto, one of Chianti Classico's most historically important estates.
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. A charming walk on a red carpet, among double rows of barrels on each side, lets visitors experience all the magic of the winery and this enchanted cellar.