Here is another very authentic wine from Castello di Monsanto (and a great value too). The 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva 50 Vendemmie shows pretty layers of intensity and wild fruit, but it never strays far from its Sangiovese roots (20% Colorino and Canaiolo are also in the blend). This is a pure and genuine expression. Red rose petal emerges from the bouquet as do wild spice, blackcurrant, forest floor and black truffle. The mouthfeel is silky and softly caressing. There is a vein of acidity that will carry this wine forward over the years as it continues its evolution.
Score: 90 points -- Monica Larner, RobertParker.com, Oct 2015
Castello di Monsanto is a leading force in one of the least-explored sub zones of the Chianti Classic appellation. Its prestige and reputation is a guarantee for the larger Barberino Val d'Elsa area and my hope is that as these sub zones continue to grow in identity, Castello di Monsanto will enjoy even higher recognition. In my mind, the style presented here (that is more streamlined and elegant) is a blueprint for this exciting area of Chianti Classico.