The Carlton Football Club and Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2005

Yesterday whilst doing odd things like gardening I had the radio in the background listening to the might Carlton Football Club beat old foes Richmond by a lazy 103 points. During this time I also had a bottle of Castello Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2005 open in the back ground and it made for a great day.

The Monsanto Riserva 2005 has been shaped by a rainy vintage in Tuscany. I spent the first two weeks of the vintage in Tuscany and the weather was dreadful with overcast skies and drizzly rain for most of the two weeks. Some producers made some good wine and this Chianti is a classic example. With no Il Poggio made in 2005 the fruit from the Il Poggio vineyard made it’s way into this wine and it has made a big difference.

Whilst not luscious and complex like the 2006 Monsanto Chianti Riserva, it is drinking well at an earlier age but with still those classic Tuscan savoury fruits and tannins. I drank this over three days and it improved each day which suggests it should age well for the next 7-10 years.


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