Castello di Monsanto, Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany, Italy) 2010

($25, MW Imports): Monsanto, a Tuscan producer that consistently turns out stellar wines, eschews the use of “international” varieties in their Chianti Classico.  Monsanto’s 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva, a traditional blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino, delivers a wonderful combination of cherry-like fruitiness and spicy earthiness.  Its Tuscan roots are evident in its vibrant acidity.  Very long and elegant, it’s a good example of why Chianti Classico is such a popular category.  Firmly framed, rather than soft and fleshy, it’s a fine choice for current drinking with hearty pasta dishes or grilled beef.
92 Michael Apstein Feb 25, 2014