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TN: 2016 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

#1 Post by Tim Heaton » February 17th, 2020, 10:12 am

  • 2016 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva - Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG (2/17/2020)
    Anteprima Chianti Classico Collection, Florence

    A bit more generous than I was expecting, but there's plenty of structure, and fresh acidity, too. This is sure to make long-time fans very happy, and will probably make new friends, too. Really long finish, superb purity, and character. Love this. BUY it by the case. 2020-2043. highly recommended+

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#2 Post by Vince T » February 17th, 2020, 10:22 am

Sounds a lot like the '15, which I went fairly deep on! How would you compare the two?
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#3 Post by L e e H olland » February 17th, 2020, 10:23 am

Thanks for the note. I picked up a bottle last weekend at Costco. I will have to try it soon.

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#4 Post by Tim Heaton » February 17th, 2020, 10:36 am

Vince T wrote:
February 17th, 2020, 10:22 am
Sounds a lot like the '15, which I went fairly deep on! How would you compare the two?
I bought 3 bottles of the 15, and just today, 2 cases of the '16. Not sure if our palates align, so I can't say any more, sorry.
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#5 Post by Tim Heaton » February 17th, 2020, 10:37 am

L e e H olland wrote:
February 17th, 2020, 10:23 am
Thanks for the note. I picked up a bottle last weekend at Costco. I will have to try it soon.
I'm pretty sure you got the 2015
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#6 Post by Ramon C » February 17th, 2020, 12:01 pm

Ordered a mixed case of stuff this morning, even before I saw this TN. The TN got me exited with what to look forward to, even as this is a usual blind buy for me at every vintage.

I find that there are nuanced differences in vintages, but the style and structure are almost always constant and they suit my preference.
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#7 Post by Pat Martin » February 17th, 2020, 12:57 pm

One of the wine world’s great values, since at least the 1970s (I’ve not had any older ones). An amazing run of quality and consistency.
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#8 Post by Chris.C. » February 17th, 2020, 2:12 pm

Kind of a no-brainer this wine, in this vintage. I opened a bottle (first from a dozen) last evening. Look, it does not have the same intensity and concentration as an Il Poggio (or a Sorbo, etc.) but a great bottle of Sangiovese for the money.
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#9 Post by Tim Heaton » February 17th, 2020, 2:20 pm

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February 17th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Kind of a no-brainer this wine, in this vintage. I opened a bottle (first from a dozen) last evening. Look, it does not have the same intensity and concentration as an Il Poggio (or a Sorbo, etc.) but a great bottle of Sangiovese for the money.
could you post a picture of the label vintage from your case, please? source if inside USA, thanks.
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#10 Post by L e e H olland » February 17th, 2020, 3:06 pm

Tim Heaton wrote:
February 17th, 2020, 10:37 am
L e e H olland wrote:
February 17th, 2020, 10:23 am
Thanks for the note. I picked up a bottle last weekend at Costco. I will have to try it soon.
I'm pretty sure you got the 2015
Nope, it's the 2016. I just checked.

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#11 Post by Pat Martin » February 17th, 2020, 3:11 pm

Via wine searcher, I see the 16 for sale at many outfits in the USA.
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#12 Post by Tim Heaton » February 17th, 2020, 5:49 pm

Pat Martin wrote:
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Via wine searcher, I see the 16 for sale at many outfits in the USA.
thanks, Patrick. I'll ask my wife to stop by our Costco and grab a bunch. Drank their 2018 Chardonnay tonight with a white pizza, good stuff.
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#13 Post by etomasi » February 18th, 2020, 1:29 pm

Have you went back and tried the 2010? I'm thinking that it may finally be close to ready.
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#14 Post by Chris.C. » February 18th, 2020, 1:41 pm

Tim -- I'm in Europe. Label picture still relevant?
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#15 Post by R Roberts » February 23rd, 2020, 6:09 pm

  • 2016 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva - Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG (2/23/2020)
    Fruity, herbal nose. Tons of black cherry, juicy acidity, and surprisingly restrained tannin (for my tastes) after a 2 hour decant. Long, juicy, wet rock finish. So enjoyable.
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#16 Post by John Kight » February 26th, 2020, 6:52 am

Chris.C. wrote:
February 17th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Kind of a no-brainer this wine, in this vintage. I opened a bottle (first from a dozen) last evening. Look, it does not have the same intensity and concentration as an Il Poggio (or a Sorbo, etc.) but a great bottle of Sangiovese for the money.
I find the Il Poggio to be much more elegant than the Sorbo. So while I agree with your comment about intensity/concentration, I would say the comparison of Sorbo to Fontodi CC is not a great analogy for the comparison of Il Poggio to Monsanto's CCR. I love Il Poggio, but rarely have the same reaction to Sorbo....

FWIW, I had the '04 Il Poggio last week and it is open and expressive! I'm sure it will age just fine, but I wouldn't hesitate to open now.

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#17 Post by Ramon C » February 26th, 2020, 8:34 am

Arrival of first ordered batch and, usually, not the last.

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#18 Post by Kenny H » February 26th, 2020, 9:57 am

Forgot how much I liked this wine. Picked up a case at $19.99 free shipping great timing.
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#19 Post by Chris_H » February 26th, 2020, 4:20 pm

Where was $19.99 and free shipping?

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#20 Post by Joe Chanley » March 4th, 2020, 6:41 am

had a bottle over the weekend and agree with the consensus here....good value and will appeal to a lot of people.

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#21 Post by Frank B » March 4th, 2020, 7:18 am

Thanks for the note! I've always been a fan of Monsato CCR...its sort of become my house wine (along with Rioja Alta Ardanza).
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#22 Post by Ron Erickson » March 6th, 2020, 12:30 pm

What do you know. The pony express finally made it to MN. There's 9 bottles missing from my local Costco at 18.99 apiece.

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#23 Post by Chris.C. » March 6th, 2020, 1:31 pm

$18.99 is a sweet deal on a sweet wine. With VAT it costs more than that in Europe. I think this is one of the best wine values in the world.
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#24 Post by John Morris » March 25th, 2020, 9:25 pm

I picked up some of this based on this thread. What an interesting wine! It reminded me of a traditional Rioja crianza more than a Chianti -- very tart sour cherries, medium garnet. Structurally, it's the acid that's in the foreground, not tannin. I have never aged much Chianti, but my gut tells me this is a high-acid wine that will flesh out with time. At $20, it's definitely worth laying some down to test my hypothesis. Particularly since I was served an older one (a 78, as I recall) not long ago that was very interesting.
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#25 Post by Andrew Demaree » March 25th, 2020, 10:56 pm

I had my first bottle of the ‘16 the other night and thought it was the most enjoyable vintage of this wine in memory. Glad to have 5 more...will probably regret not buying a case.

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#26 Post by Henry Kahn » March 29th, 2020, 3:45 pm

Crazy good value, as is the 16 Felsina Riserva (the black label)

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#27 Post by Lonnie F. » March 29th, 2020, 4:27 pm

Tim Heaton wrote:
February 17th, 2020, 10:12 am
  • 2016 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva - Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG (2/17/2020)
    Anteprima Chianti Classico Collection, Florence

    A bit more generous than I was expecting, but there's plenty of structure, and fresh acidity, too. This is sure to make long-time fans very happy, and will probably make new friends, too. Really long finish, superb purity, and character. Love this. BUY it by the case. 2020-2043. highly recommended+

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#28 Post by Tim Heaton » March 30th, 2020, 8:30 am

You're most welcome, Lonnie, others. As we would say here, volentieri.
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