Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

Grapes: Blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino

Style: Dry red

Chianti has undergone profound changes even in the last several decades. For one, the grape blend used has evolved radically. In the last quarter of the 19th century, the Italian statesman and wine lover Bettino Ricasoli formulated a blend for Chianti. It ensured the dominance of Sangiovese with minority roles for Canaiolo and two white grapes Malvasia and Trebbiano. This was the situation for almost a hundred years and received the imprimatur of Denominazione di Origine Controllata.  But Chianti, like Italy, is a work in progress. In the 1990’s, other international red grape varieties were permitted including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. In Chianti Classico, the use of white grapes has now disappeared altogether. Monsanto Riserva is an example of the unique style and character of Castello di Monsanto wines and is their most widely produced wine.  A similar blend to Annata, it appeared first in 1962 and is one of the oldest wines in Italy. It is made in a similar fashion to Annata. Aging, however, is partly in 500-liter French oak barrels and partly in 225-liter barriques and then in bottle.  Winner of numerous awards including the Wine Spectator Top 100 list and excellent scores from the Wine Advocate. Wonderful with lamb and other red meat dishes. 

If you are new to Northwestern Wine, you are welcome to try a sample of this wine. You can order your samples on the website or contact us by email.

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