92 points Wine Spectator (and #31 on their list of Top 100 Wines of 2011): "This ripe, juicy red is full of sanguine notes, along with black cherry and blackberry flavors. The tannins are well-coated by fleshy fruit and it lingers with a long, spicy aftertaste. Best from 2012 through 2022." (08/11) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Monsanto’s 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva is simply beautiful. The opulent, forward fruit that is typical of the year is present, but a firm sense of structure keeps things from going over the top. If that sounds appealing, believe me, it is. Dark red fruit, flowers, minerals and spices come together beautifully in this serious Riserva. A round, harmonious finish rounds things off in style.
Color: Medium ruby core, lighter ruby edges.
Nose: Smoky black fruit here, with some black cherry near the edges.
Palate: Very smoky, almost peaty mouth, with good acidity and brighter fruit, but the peat drowns out much of that balance.
The Chianti Classico Riserve comes from a selection of grapes from vineyards which are more suitable for long maturing. Vinified in steel with a maceration of about 20 days, and as a second passage, it is aged in smaller wooden barrels for about 18 months, to then rest for a minimum of 3 months in glass. Composition of the grapes : 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo and Colorino.