Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2002 Tasting Notes
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Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2002 Tasting Notes

I didn't have a big Italian meal to act as a foil for this big Italian wine, but I can imagine the combination working. The Chianti direction is one I have not yet been coaxed into following, and yet I respect this wine; it has power.

The nose is dried fruit, raspberry, sour cherry and pungent white pepper, with a certain earthy feel. Once in the mouth, the sour cherry note takes center stage accompanied by a small chorus of sweet dried fruit: prune, fig, and some dried sour cherries to go with the fresh. Rosemary and tobacco complete the mix.

Acidity here fits the wine type; it doesn't obtrude but its lasts and lasts and lasts, with tannins doing the same kind of work. To call the wine long would be giving it a demotion.


Verdict: Excellent Pedigree
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