2006 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio

Year: 2006
Appellation: Tusany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 94+
Vinous Media: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"Enticing for its rich black cherry, plum, tobacco and spice aromas and flavors, this velvety red picks up a touch of licorice on the palate as it evolves to the long finish. Ripe and dense, yet balanced and lingering. Drink now through 2020." (WS)

"The 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio is a powerhouse. Firm sturdy tannins enshroud a core of fruit that struggles to emerge in the glass. Behind the wine’s imposing structure lie hints of red cherries, menthol, licorice and leather. Today the 2006 Il Poggio comes across as painfully young, but the balance, length and impeccable finish suggest all that is required is patience. Over the years and decades Il Poggio has built a stellar track record of excellence. Il Poggio is 90% Sangiovese, 7% Canaiolo and 3% Colorino. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2036.

Castello di Monsanto is one of the historic names in Chianti Classico. The flagship Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio and Nemo (Cabernet Sauvignon) are both exceptional in 2006 and promise to deliver much pleasure over many, many years." (WA)

"(90% sangiovese and 10% canaiolo nero and colorino del Valdarno; pH 3.33; total acidity 6.00 g/l; dry extract 32.5 g/l; 14% alcohol): Dark ruby-red; the dark tones of virtually all the wines from the Il Poggio vineyard are perhaps due not just to the terroir but also to the presence of some colorino, a teinturier variety. Aromas of violet and licorice and a whiff of excess alcohol complicate dark cherry and underbrush on the nose. Then much more marked by red fruit flavors (redcurrant, sour red cherry) on the palate, with a saline element contributing complexity. Finishes long and smooth, with a bright floral overlay and a lingering note of vanillin oak. This was the first Il Poggio aged in 500-liter tonneaux instead of smaller barriques. A classic, complex, graceful wine that is clearly the product of a long, slow growing season. I find that it only began opening up in 2012, a sure-fire sign of a great Il Poggio, which is characteristically shut down and tight in its first few years of life. The canaiolo nero/colorino component is almost always a blend of 7% canaiolo neronero and 3% colorino." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Born in the vineyard “Il Poggio” (5.5 Ha, 310 metres a.s.l.) from which in 1962, it took its name: it is the first Chianti Classico Cru. Made of 90% Sangiovese and from 7% Canaiolo and 3% Colorino, it ages for 20 months in French oak barrels. Today it represents the most prestigious product of the company, appreciated all over the world. It is produced only in the best vintages. The company has chosen to keep a considerable quantity of bottles of this wine in the cellar being the permanent archives, able to tell the history of Castello di Monsanto.