The Chianti Classico Riserva Castello di Monna Lisa is one of the more distinctive Chiantis in this vintage. Made in a super-ripe, opulent style, the Monna Lisa reveals superb textural richness buttressed by fine, silky tannins on a medium-bodied, elegant frame. The wine remains exquisitely youthful, with little in the way of tertiary development. Readers who prefer a more overt, fruit-driven style of Chianti will love the Monna Lisa. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.
Released for sale: Minimum two years and a half after vintage.
Harvesting: Second half of October.
Varietals: Sangiovese 90%, other grapes 10%
Vinification: Temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 15-16 days at 28-30 °C. Malolactic fermentation is practised.
Maturation: 18-20 months in small oak casks. Further bottle maturation for a minimum six months.